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Serving Northwestern State University since 1914 

October 6, 2005 

Volume 91 • Issue 1 

First copies free to NSU students and staff 
50 cents per copy otherwise 


The Current Sauce welcomes submissions for 
Campus Connections, a free service to organizations 
planning events that will be open to NSU students. 

Bring Connections to Kyser 225G, or e-mail them 
to Please include a 
name and telephone number. We reserve the right to 
refuse any Connection. 

Homecoming 2005 

"I don't want to grow up! 

SAB announces Homecoming week events 
All events are FREE with an NSU ID 

• Monday, Oct. 10 

9 am-3 pm: Life Share Blood Drive 

11 am-3 pm: Homecoming kick off party in SU Circle, 

featuring the live band "Entertainers." Rain site is SU 


6 pm: Lip Sync - Homecoming Hunnies in Prather Coli- 

Tuesday, Oct. 11 

9 am-3 pm: Life Share Blood Drive 

8 pm: Drive in Movie - Tailgaiting area by Prather Colise- 
um; "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." Rain Site 
is SU Ballroom. 

Wednesday, Oct. 12 

9 am-3 pm: Life Share Blood Drive 

11 am-2 pm: NSU "Fun Day." Live music, free food, 25' 
Rockwall, Speed Pitch, Fantastic Flyer, 22' Super Slide. 
Rain Site is SU Ballroom. 
3 pm: IM Fun Run 

Thursday, Oct. 13 

9 am-3 pm: Life Share Blood Drive 

3:30 Service Day: SAB will pick up Toys for Tots in 

various locations. 

Friday, Oct. 14 

9 am-3 pm: Life Share Blood Drive 

5-7 pm: Parade, Pep Rally and live band "Earshot" 

downtown on the Riverfront. 

8 pm: "The Crucible" - mock Salem witch trial and bon- 
fire starting at SU Circle and ending at Greek Hill. Spon- 
sored by Theatre Department and SAB. 

Saturday, Oct. 15 

2 pm: NSU v. SLU at Turpin Stadium 

8 pm: "Boogie on the Bricks" located on Front Street. 

Source: Sponsored by the NSU Student Activites Board, 

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Evacuees stuck 
on NSU campus 

By Kyle Shirley 

News Editor 

"I'm staying in a place 
where I don't want to be. I'm 
in a city I don't know. I'm dig- 
ging in my pockets and there 
is nothing in them," Steven 
Galmore says with a look of 
raw exhaustion. 

Galmore is a Lake Charles 
resident living in the Red 
Cross shelter at NSU's Health 
and P.E. Majors Building. 
After being separated from 
his family in traffic on 1-49 
during the evacuation, Gal- 
more wandered north alone 
until he found an open shel- 
ter. He has been stuck in 
Natchitoches, unable to 
afford gas to reach his family 
in Denham Springs, LA, since 
Sept. 22. 

Like many of the evacuees 
in the shelter, Galmore 
arrived alone but quickly 
developed a friendship with 
someone who can relate to his 
situation. Although they had 
never met before, Port Arthur, 
TX resident Marcus Elmore is 
now "the closest thing to fam- 
ily" Galmore has in Natchi- 

Like Galmore, Elmore was 
separated from his friends 
and family on the road during 
the evacuation. He found his 
way to his hometown of 
Natchitoches with his three- 
year-old daughter with inten- 
tions of staying for one night 
before moving on. But now 
that his car has broken down, 
he is staying in the shelter 

Cheryl Thompson / The Current Sauce 

New Orleans residents Mikell Mcknight (left) and his cousin Larry Jackson play Monopoly to pass the time 
in NSU's Red Cross shelter. The drive to Natchitoches took them about eight hours. 

wak- cannot return to Port Arthur 

"Ifs real depressing 
ing up in the morning hearing 
my daughter saying, 'I want 
to see my mama. I want to see 
my sister,'" Elmore says. "I've 
broken down a couple of 
times and wanted to cry, but I 
know I have to be strong for 
my daughter." 

Elmore says he knows he 
has lost his home to the 

"I have a tree dividing my 
dining room from my 
kitchen," he -ays. "T don't 
even have insurance." 

Elmore is frustrated that he 

despite the knowledge that 
his home is destroyed. 

"At least let us in to help 
repair the city. We want to 
help," Elmore says. 

Such feelings are common 
amongst the shelter's resi- 
dents, many of whom wound 
up in Natchitoches by chance 
and are unsure when they 
wilPbe able to return home. 
The fears and woes of these 
people weigh heavily in the 
ai r outside the shelter, but for 
every concern an evacuee 
voices, another articulates 

feelings of joy and thanks. 

Walking around the lawn 
where many of the evacuees 
take a break from the confines 
of the shelter, one can hear the 
words "blessing" and "life- 
saver" more frequently than 

In spite of, or perhaps 
because of, the fact that 
almost everyone here is sepa- 
rated from their homes and 
loved ones, a sort of impro- 
vised community has taken 

Orange, TX evacuees Don- 
ald Richardson and Brandice 

Judge have only positive 
things to say about their 

"Everything is going 
smooth. I like it out here," 
Richardson says. "I kind of 
wish I could find a job while 
I'm out here. We might start 
over here. You never know." 

Judge expressed gratitude 
for the shelter as well. 

"Ifs a little crowded, a lit- 
tle inconvenient, but I'd 
rather be inconvenienced by 
crowding than from the 
heat," Judge says. "We just 
hopped on a bus and didn't 
care where it was going as 
long it had electricity... we 
didn't even know where we 
were going." 

Cheryl Sessoms, a Red 
Cross worker who specializes 
in mental health, traveled 
from her home in Detroit to 
help with the hurricane relief 
effort. She has been assigned 
to the Natchitoches shelter 
until October 9. 

"Under the circumstances, 
with a lot of people who are 
still here from Katrina... I 
think that (the situation) is 
being handled the best it 
can," Sessoms says. "We have 
developed a community here. 
It's working quite well." 

Sessoms said approximate- 
ly 300 people are currently 
housed in the shelter, which 
will remain open for a "debat- 
able" amount of time. 

Despite her optimistic 
appraisal of the situation, Ses- 
soms is quick to admit that 
the shelter's inhabitants are 

See Shelter, page 2 

New standards drop fall enrollment 

By Kera Simon 

Sauce Reporter 
and Kyle Shirley 

News Editor 

This semester, NSU has 
implemented a selective 
admissions program for the 
first time. 

The new standards require 
higher grade point averages 
and ACT scores, and adhere 
more strictly to the TOPS core 
curriculum requirements. 

All. state universities have 
raised their standards for 

admission for the fall 2005 
semester. Consequently, most 
high schools are working to 
prepare their students for the 
change in college require- 

The new requirements 
resulted in a drop in NSU's 
fall enrollment numbers. 
10,546 students enrolled last 
fall; 9,847 enrolled this semes- 

University administrators 
were anticipating the 
decrease. In fact, about 300 
more students enrolled than 

administrators had expected. 

The enrollment drop raised 
some issues about the Univer- 
sity's budget; fewer students 
means less tuition money 
However, the university was 
well prepared for this change. 

"The revenue budget was 
adjusted to reflect declining 
enrollment," said Daphne 
Sampite, bursar of business 
affairs. "The budget was 
fixed to assure that no aspects 
of the school would be dra- 
matically affected by the low- 
ered enrollment." 

While the numbers have 
decreased, student morale 
seems to have increased. 
Some teachers say they are 
noticing a difference in the 
freshmen this year. 

"This generation of stu- 
dents is taking bigger steps," 
Jennifer Anderson, public 
relations journalism instruc- 
tor, said. "Retaining rates will 
stay up for the school, and the 
students are more likely to 
become successful alumni." 

This difference is affecting 
art as well as academics. Pia 

Wyatt, a dance instructor in 
the theatre department, said, 
"(The students) seem to be 
more focused and driven. 
They attend classes more, too. 
They actually want to be here, 
apposed to something their 
parents thought would be a 
good idea." 

Administrators think the 
decreased enrollment is likely 
a temporary situation. 

"Enrollment should rise 
once high schools get used to 
the new requirements," Reg- 
istrar Lillian Bell said. 

Fight at Student Union leads to shooting at Columns 

No one injured in drive-by 
shooting; more arrests pending 

By Kyle Shirley 

News Editor 

A fight at the Student 
Union on Sept. 21 led to a 
drive-by shooting at the Uni- 
versity Columns later that 

Detective Doug Prescott of 
the University Police said his 
department received a call 
reporting a fight at Vic's early 
that afternoon. When officers 
arrived at the scene, the fight 
had broken up and respond- 
ing officers found no sus- 

Prescott said that at 
approximately 3 p.m., 
Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's 
deputies and University 
police officers working at the 
Red Cross shelter in the 
Health and P.E. Majors' 
Building heard "three to five 
shots" coming from the 
direction of the nearby Uni- 
versity Columns Apart- 

"Officers arrived (at the 
scene) literally within 
moments," Prescott said. 

There they found four 9 
mm shell casings near the 
complex's 800 building and 
bullet holes in the wall of a 

ground-floor apartment. 
Prescott said witnesses con- 
firmed that the attack was a 
drive-by shooting, and were 
able to give a description of 
the vehicle involved. 

No one was injured in the 

Natchitoches Parish Police 
officers located the vehicle in 
question the next day and 
arrested NSU student Mar- 
lon Williams and Natchi- 
toches residents Damien 
Ficklin, Brandon Smith and 
Jeremiah Hendricks. Prescott 
said all four men were 
charged with assault in a 
drive-by shooting and other 
charges and are being held in 
the Natchitoches Parish 
Detention Center. 

Prescott said NSU students 
Donald Lightfoot and Tyrone 
Skinner were also arrested 
and charged with simple bat- 
tery in connection with the 
fight at Vic's, and Wayne 
Hawkins was arrested and 
charged with "illegal carry- 
ing of a weapon in a firearm 
free zone." 

Prescott said he anticipates 
more arrests in connection 
with the case. 

Harvey Briggs / The Current Sauce 

Director of Auxilary Services Jennifer Anderson (left), Assistant Coordinator of Residential Life Sheila 
Gentry and Detective Doug Prescott examine a bullet hole in the window frame of a University Cloumns 



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still struggling to deal with their 

"They're dealing with a lot of 
emotions and we're here to try to 
diffuse them or to direct them and 
to give them some hope," she says. 

The evacuees are not the ones 
feeling the stress of the situation; 
Sessoms says she has to remember 
to take care of herself as well. 

"That's one reason why I limited 
myself to 10 hours a day (at the 
shelter). I'm not going to be the 

martyr," Sessoms says with a brief 

Sessoms added that the shelter is 
well stocked with everything from 
toys to water to clothing. 

"I don't know where if s coming 
from, but they have so many differ- 
ent items in there. They are not 
lacking for anything... I was 
amazed at how well they are sup- 
plying the needs of the people who 
are here," Sessoms said. 

Still, no matter how accommo- 

dating the Red Cross workers are, 
no matter how tightly knit these 
evacuees become, the shelter is not 
a home. No amount of donated 
stuffed animals or blankets or food 
can make it one. Which is why Gal- 
more says what these people need 
most is hope. 

"If you see us passing by, don't 
put your head down," Galmore 
says. "Say, 'Hey man, keep your 
head up. It'll get better.'" 

Moulton named V.P. 
for student affairs 1 4 


By Ashley Lewis 

Sauce Reporter 

Patrice Moulton was recently 
named NSU's acting vice president 
for student affairs. 

Moulton has taught at NSU since 
1996. She was an assistant profes- 
sor of clinical psychology and later 

became head of the Department of 
Psychology from 1999 to 2002. 
Along with her duties as vice pres- 
ident, Moulton is also executive 
director of institutional affairs. 

"My number one responsibility 
is to be responsive to the needs of 
the students," Moulton said. She 
defined the "needs of the students" 
as things like police security, stu- 
dent organizations and activities 
and housing and residential life. 

NSU President Randall Webb, 
who appointed Moulton as acting 
vice president, said, "The position 
for vice president will be adver- 
tised later and she can apply. Dr. 
Moulton had closely aligned duties 
as the executive director of institu- 
tional affairs. The information 
related closely in both jobs, and she 
has always had a deep appreciation 
for the students." 

Dan Seymour was the former 

vice president for student affairs 
and is now the assistant for coun- 
seling and college personnel and 
the coordinator of the Masters of 
Arts program in college student 
personnel. Seymour said he want- 
ed to teach aspiring young profes- 
sionals and stepping into his new 
role as coordinator was always one 
of his career goals. 

Moulton has many expectations 
for herself as acting vice president. 
"There should always be a good 
campus environment for college 
students. Students have the right to 
expect a safe environment and a 
positive college experience," Moul- 
ton said. 

Both Seymour and Webb were 
confident about the choice of Moul- 
ton for the position. 

Seymour said, "She will do the 
job with vigor, which will comple- 
ment NSU." 

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Donated stuffed animals overflow in a bin in the Red Cross shelter in the Health 
and P.E. Majors Building. The shelter has received many diverse donations from 
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Doing things right 

Cheryl Thompson/ The Current Sauce 

From left: freshmen Jessica Edwards, Sommer Holloway and Randi Hamner exercise at the WRAC. The new facility features a weight room, cardio exercise equipment, aerobic classrooms and locker rooms. 

WRAC helping students get healthy the right way 

By Andi Bass 

Sauce Reporter 

Diet pills and crash diets may 
help students temporarily shed 
unwanted pounds, but they can be 
unhealthy or even dangerous. The 
new $8.3 million Wellness, Recre- 
ation and Activity Center offers 
students ways to get fit the right 
way, the healthy way. 

Unlike pills and crash diets, exer- 
cise has many benefits besides 
weight loss. According to a report 
by the Surgeon General, exercise 
can increase energy and self-esteem 
and combat depression, heart dis- 
ease and bad cholesterol. 

However, before beginning a 
workout routine, students are 

encouraged to stop by the fitness 
assessment lab to set up a proper 
exercise plan. For $15, students can 
get a fitness assessment, which 
includes body fat composition, 
blood pressure and heart rate read- 
ings and flexibility and endurance 
tests. Using this and other infor- 
mation provided by the student, a 
exercise prescription can be made 
to help students reach their goals. 

Laura Bee, a junior in secondary 
education, stated that she "had no 
idea where to start" so she headed 
to the fitness assessment lab. After 
taking the fitness assessment, she 
purchased a personal training 
package to help keep her motivat- 

"My trainer, Rebecca Smith, was 

really nice and even called me after 
Rita to see if I was O.K." Bee said. 

Bee is not the alone when it 
comes to needing motivation. 
According to the American Heart 
Association, only 50 percent of 
those who begin a workout pro- 
gram are still committed six 
months later. To help, the WRAC 
offers personal trainers that keep 
students motivated. The one-on- 
one attention also helps students 
reach their goals faster. Students 
can purchase one session at a time 
or packages that include 3 to 16 ses- 

Students can also partake in any 
of the nearly 20 group exercise 
classes offered. For a high intensity 
workout try a spin, power abs or 

boot camp class. To increase 
strength and toning check out 
Pilates, yoga and power flex. The 
classes run 50 minutes long and are 
held from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. so that all 
students can find something that 
will fit their schedule. 

For a more casual workout, stu- 
dents can visit the volleyball, bad- 
minton, basketball and racquetball 
courts. Equipment for these can be 
checked out from the front desk. 
Currently, there are two basketball 
courts open, with an additional two 
scheduled to open soon. 

The WRAC also has an indoor 
track, free weight and strength 
machine rooms, and cardio area. 
Andrew Moon, a nursing major 
sophomore explains "The weight 

room has anything you would 
want to work out with and if s big 
enough that you are not bumping 
into other people". 

Education is a large part of get- 
ting and staying fit, so every month 
a wellness seminar is offered for 
students. The first seminar, 
"Become a Healthier You," was 
held on September 28th. E-mails 
are sent to students announcing 
upcoming seminars. 

This seasons pumpkin pie and 
holiday cookies will leave many 
with an unwanted present, extra 
weight. However, taking part in all 
that the WRAC has to offer can 
help keep extra holiday weight at 
bay, making the next swimsuit sea- 
son a little less stressful. 


What's new 


In Music 

• All Jacked Up, Gretchen Wilson 

• Extraordinary Machin, Fiona 

• Unplugged, Alicia Keys 

f All the Right Reasons, Nickel- 

'? B-Sides and Rarities, Deftones 

• Hefty Fine, The Bloodhound 

In Movies 

P Cinderella (Disney Special Plat- 
I in urn Edition) 
The Interpreter 
' The Amityville Horror 
' The Sisterhood of the Travel- 
ing Pants (Oct. 11) 
Kingdom of Heaven (Oct. 11) 
{Unleashed (Oct. 11) 


A day in the life of a residential adviser 

By Katie Lopez 

Sauce Reporter 

"When you are a residential 
adviser your job is never done," 
said Sylvia Allen, a sophomore 
criminal justice major and residen- 
tial adviser for Bossier Hall. 

When one of the residents of her 
hall is locked out, she is the one that 
is called to unlock the door, no mat- 
ter the time of day. 

On duty night Allen has to stay 
in the building from 6 p.m. until 6 
a.m. and once a month she is on 
duty for an entire weekend. 

Allen goes to class on Monday, 
Wednesday and Friday from 10 
a.m. until noon and on Tuesday 
and Thursday from 11 a.m. until 3 
p.m. After class she works the front 
desk and then goes back to her 
room. Even though she is off work, 
she is still on call. 

"My hall is pretty quiet and I 
usually get to sleep. I guess the 
noise level depends on where you 
live and the people down your 
hall," Allen said. 

This semester began with unex- 
pected responsibilities for the resi- 
dential advisers. Hurricane Rita 
caused things to be run a little dif- 

When the storm hit and the elec- 
tricity went out everyone was 
brought out into the hall and had to 
stay there until it was safe for them 
to go back into their rooms. 

Like Allen, senior residential 
adviser of Varnado Hall, David 
Fox, has accepted the constant 
responsibilities of the job. 

"As a residential adviser you are 
basically always on call. You are 
never off," Fox said. 

Fox's busiest days are Tuesdays 
and Thursday when he has to jug- 
gle both work and class. 

"I wake up at 8:30 a.m., work 
from 9 am. until 10 a.m., go to class 
from 11 a.m. until 11:45 p.m., go 
back to work from 2 p.m. until 3 
p.m. and again from 6 p.m. until 9 
p.m." Fox said. 

Advisers have duty night once a 
week where they have to sit at the 
front desk from 6 p.m. until mid- 
night. After midnight they can 
leave but they are still on call. 

"For me working on Thursday 
nights is the worst because every- 
one goes out and that is the night 
everyone seems to lock themselves 
out of their rooms. That means 
even though I am sleeping I have to 
get up and let them into their 
room," said Fox. 

Fox also does not have a problem 
with enforcing the rules of the 

"Quiet time is one rule that I 
don't have a problem enforcing, 
but every dorm is different. I guess 
it depends on what kind of stu- 
dents you have staying down your 
hall," Fox said. 

Cheryl Thompson/ The Current Sauce 

David Fox, a residential adviser in Varnado Hall studies in his dorm. 

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All letters to the editor must be signed with a 
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asktallulah@yahoo. com 
Dear Readers,'s that time of year, 
again. Fall, autumn—I don't care 
what you want to call it, but it still 
feels like summer, doesn't it? The 
only difference is there are those 
little annoying things called class- 
es that seem to have only been cre- 
ated for the sole purpose of inter- 
rupting your social life and naps. 
And, really, who doesn't love a 
good nap? 

Anyway, I suppose I will save 
my 'Ode to Naps' for another day, 
and just say, 

"Welcome back to another 
enlightening semester here at 
NSU." We learned many things in 
this column last year. For those of 
you who missed it... fret not. To 
quickly recap, we decided that 
picking your nose on a first date 
was a bad idea, we discovered that 
some girls are feeling a little dis- 
satisfied because they do, indeed 
want sex more often than guys, 
and that promise rings were cute 
in high school, but we're not in 
high school anymore. Major 
issues were dissected and dis- 
cussed in great detail, it's under- 
standable if you have a hard time 
catching up. 

So, for those of you who are new 
to campus, I thought I'd start off 
by telling you a few of the things I 
believe or wonder about. I believe 
in NSU students' right to wear 
their pajamas to class (and yes, I 
do think those bunny slippers add 
a sassy yet sophisticated touch to 
your ensemble). I don't believe in 
8 o'clock classes... ever. 

I wonder why we have chickens 
on our campus right next to the 
Union. . .where they serve chicken. 
I believe that it is necessary to be 
yourself because there are people 
who will dislike you no matter 
what you do. 

I believe in non-conformity. I 
believe in wearing flip-flops year 
round. I don't believe in harming 
or hurting others for the sake of a 
good laugh. I do believe that 
everyone on NSU campus has 
been forced to be in a class with an 
attention hungry student who 
asks fifty million questions there- 
fore monopolizing the professor's 
time and making everyone stay 
after class should have already 
been dismissed. I, also, believe 
these people find my schedule 
each semester and sign up for 
every class I have. 

I wonder why if 1 in every 12 
Cokes is a winner, why am I never 
a winner after drinking 12 Cokes? 

The most important thing I want 
everyone to know, however, is that 
I truly believe in listening to other 
opinions, and then doing what 
you want. Since I'm writing an 
advice column that might seem 
like a weird belief, but I know how 
I make decisions, and I really don't 
think that any of you are really 
going to be that different. 

Besides if we all took the first 
scrap of advice someone gave us 
where would we be? I know if I lis- 
tened to my high school counselor, 
I'd still be at home wasting away 
at some lame minimum wage job 
never having gone to college. 
Thanks, Counselor, but what you 
called 'disruptiveness' and an 
'attitude problem' I saw as a zest 
for learning and quite possibly a 
sign of creative genius - not every- 
one can get kicked out of four 
classes in one day while still main- 
taining that 3.5 GPA (I would have 
tried for the 4.0, but, honestly, 
nobody likes a smart ass - let that 
be a lesson to you). 

In the end, readers, this column 
is all about you -what you think, 
wonder about, or just absolutely 
hate. Most importantly, this is 
about what you have problems 
with. I know that everyone isn't 
perfect, especially me, and we 
have a ton of stuff that we don't 
understand or can't relate to. For 
instance, men may wonder why 
women just can't go it alone to the 
bathroom, and women may won- 
der why, well, why men do any of 
the things they do. This is the 
place were you can discuss or ask 
about these kinds of things freely, 
and no one has to know who you 
are. So write me, make up a crazy 
name, and get some advice on 
why that person who will remain 
nameless keeps staring lustily at 
your toes. 


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SLC co-champs face off 

After two weeks off, NSU and Sam Houston open SLC action Saturday 


By Justin Hebert 

Sports Editor 

Head coach Scott Stoker and his 
Demon football team have not 
played a game since their 49-28 
loss at the hands of Louisiana- 
Lafayette Sept. 17. 

The Demons were scheduled to 
host Texas Southern at Turpin Sta- 
dium Sept. 24, but due to Hurri- 
cane Rita, that game was not 
played. The following Saturday, 
Oct. 1, was slated as an open date 
for NSU. Despite the efforts of 
NSU athletic officials, they were 
unable to find an able or willing 
opponent to fill the gap. 

"I've never been in a situation 
where we've gone this long with- 
out playing a game," Stoker said. 
"It will be interesting to see how 
we come out and play." 

Stoker and his squad are 1-2, 
which marks the first time they 
have been under the .500 mark in 
his four years coaching at NSU. 

They have not won a game in 
over a month since they defeated 
ULM in a come-from-behind 
thriller Sept. 1. NSU was then 
drummed by No. 9 North Dakota 
State 35-7 at home the week 
before suffering their loss in 

Stoker and the Demons saw 
themselves start the season 
ranked No. 7 nationally in Divi- 
sion I-AA and even move up as 
high as No. 4 in one poll after 
their victory over I-A ULM. 

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Senior quarterback Davon Vinson has been the offensive leader for NSU as they begin Southland Conference play at Sam Houston State Saturday at 2 p.m. 

Dakota State, NSU dipped to No. 
13 and were barely hanging in the 
top 25 the week following their 
second loss. With their Sept. 24 
contest canceled, the Demons fell 
even further, but rose to as high as 
No. 21 this week. 

On two weeks rest, Stoker and 
his Demons are heading to Bow- 

ers Field in Huntsville, Texas, as 
they open up Southland Confer- 
ence play with Sam Houston State 
Saturday at 2 p.m., which holds a 
share of the 2004 SLC champi- 
onship with the Demons. 

"Winning this game will be a 
huge statement for us," Stoker 
said. "Anytime we can win on 

the road is big for us, especially if 
you can win on the road in this 

NSU drummed the Bearkats 
and quarterback Dustin Long 
Nov. 13 of last year in Turpin 27- 
45 en route to their conference 

"It's extremely important that 

3-0 start has NSU leading the SLC 

By Justin Hebert 

Sports Editor 
After having their league opener 
with Stephen F. Austin postponed 
due to Hurricane Rita, the NSU 
soccer team has jumped out to a 3- 
start beating Nicholls State, 
Southeastern and Louisiana- Mon- 


"It's really good that we were 
able to play that way after having 
that many days off," Demon head 
coach Jimmy Mitchell said. "We 
got out of a rhythm and it's not 
always easy to come out and play 
hard after that." 

Wednesday night the Demons 
defeated the Lady Indians 3-0 at 
Monroe. Senior defender Tara 
Powasnik scored the first point of 
the match seconds into the second 
half and senior Heather Penico 
scored two goals preserving the 
Demons untarnished conference 


On Sunday, just 15 minutes into 
their match with the Lady Lions of 
Southeastern (2-5-1, 0-1), the 
Demons (6-4-1, 2-0) took the lead 
for good, and notched their second 
league win in as many matches 
with a 4-1 victory at the Demon 
Soccer Complex. 

Sunday marked the first time the 
Demons have defeated the Lady 
Lions in Natchitoches since 2002. 

"We lost a really close game with 
them last year at their place," 
Mitchell said. "We just kept stress- 
ing that we outplayed them last 
year but we just couldn't come out 
with the win. It was important for 
us to play well for 90 minutes." 

NSU's first two goals of the 
match came off of freshman mid- 
fielder Hannah Casey's corner 
kicks. The first was headed in by 
sophomore forward Erin Hebert 11 
minutes into the match to make it 

Gary Hardamon/ NSU Media Services 

Senior Heather Penico attempts a shot against Southeastern Sunday at the 
Demon Soccer Complex. Penico has been a big reason for NSU's early success. 

1-0. Just six minutes later, senior 
defender Ashley Hadley headed in 
another corner kick by Casey to 
provide the Demons with all of the 
scoring they would need. 

"Once again we were able to 
jump out to a good lead 2-0 and we 
were able to relax a little," Mitchell 

Hebert headed in her second 
goal off an assist by sophomore 
defender Carrie Crowell early on in 
the second half to push the score to 
3-0. With a little over 20 minutes 
remaining, the Demons padded 
their lead even more when Hadley 
scored her second goal of the 

match on an assist from junior mid- 
fielder Natalie Waguespack. 

The Lady Lions were able to 
elude being shutout with about 10 
minutes remaining when Janae 
Sheldon scored a free kick past 
NSU sophomore goalie Johnna 
Klohoker making it 4-1. Klohoker 
notched her second win of the sea- 
son, and of the weekend, filling in 
for Krystle Donaldson who was 
resting a knee injury. 

NSU 7 - NSU 1 

Friday in Thibodeaux preseason 
All-SLC picks Julie Zavala and 
Penico both recorded hat tricks, 
scoring three goals a piece, as the 

Demons soccer team routed the 
Lady Colonels (2-6, 0-1) of Nicholls 
State 7-1. Junior forward Marliese 
Latiolais also scored a goal for the 

"It was really good for us that we 
were able to go down there and 
play so well after having that time 

"Heather's got a lot of 
ability and this season 
she is really playing up 
to it." 

Jimmy Mitchell 

NSU Soccer head coach 

off due to the weather," Mitchell 
said. "That's a tough place to play 
because they have a small field. We 
were able to jump out to a big lead 
and relax." 

Penico scored her first two goals 
20 minutes into the match to give 
NSU the lead. Shortly after, 
Zavala, the squad's leading scorer 
with 19 points, put the Demons 
ahead 3-0 at halftime. 

After Nicholls got on the board 
in the first few minutes of the sec- 
ond half, Zavala recorded her sec- 
ond goal at the 61:01 mark. With 20 
minutes remaining Penico notched 
her third goal, and shortly after 
Latiolais pushed the Demons lead 
to 6-1. 

"Heather's got a lot of ability and 
this season she is really playing up 
to it," Mitchell said. "Julie's proven 
all along how good of a player she 

With only eight minutes left, 
Zavala scored her third goal to fin- 
ish off the Lady Colonels 7-1. Klo- 
hoker recorded her first win of the 
season giving up only one goal and 
recording one save. 

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Since August, the Walter P. Ledet Complex at NSU has been undergoing construction. The new track and field event area is set to be completed before the start of 
the 2006 outdoor track season. Head track coach Leon Johnson has already scheduled a home track event on March 8, four years after the last time NSU has had a 
home track meet. The project was awarded to Regional Construction Company of Natchitoches and is to cost nearly $1.1 million. 

we get off to a good start in this 
game," Stoker said. "We haven't 
done that yet this year." 

Maybe more important than 
jumping out early on SHSU is the 
strong play of their "Purple 
Swarm" defense. 

NSU's nationally ranked 
defense gave up 49 points to ULL, 

which is the most allowed in 
regular-season game by NS 
since 1997. The Ragin' Caju: 
gained 544 yards, 322 of th 
rushing, which is very uncharaJ 
teristic of a Demon defense. 

A week earlier the Demon) 
gave up 321 yards and three pa 
ing touchdowns losing by 28 
the Bison, and were scorched fi 
411 yards by ULM. 

"I thought we've played go< 
defense up until the Lafaye 
game," Stoker said. "I still thi: 
we are a very good defensi 
team, which we'll need to be 
get the offense going against S 

Senior quarterback Davon Vi 
son, who is 34 of 69 passing fi 
458 yards with five touchdowrtfiame d 
will look to trigger a Demofeflise c 
offense that is averaging 359.j 
yards per game. Vinson is alsj 
NSU's leading rusher with 21| 
yards, followed by senior tailbacl 
Shelton Sampson who has 112. 

Preseason All-SLC picks Samp 
son and defensive end Ed Quee; 
will be held out of Saturday NSU v 
game due to injuries. Queen, i e lf-defei 
preseason All- American, is suffei Jnion B; 
ing lower back problems tha The co 
have been bothering him sinciskofbe 
last season, and Sampson injure ittacks, I 
his shoulder after having it surg late rap( 
cally repaired over the summer. At the 

The Demons will return tjunity to 
Turpin Stadium Oct. 15 to hos Formc 
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By Justin Hebert 

Sports Editor 
Just three days after thrashing SLC 
foe Texas- Arlington for the first time 
ever, the NSU volleyball team made 
quick work of Louisiana-Lafayette 
Tuesday night in Prather Coliseum 
taking the first three games 30-23, 
30-23 and 30-20. 

Whitney King, 2004 Louisiana 
Sports Writer Freshman of the Year 
led the Lady Demons (5-7, 3-2) 
against the Ragin' Cajuns (3-1 1) with 
12 kills. Meanwhile junior Janel 
Fisher notched nine kills and senior 
Priscila Augusto finished with eight. 

Saturday in Prather, Mullins 
watched as five Lady Demons fin- 
ished with double-digit kills as NSU 

broke a 0-30 losing streak against 
Lady Mavs of Texas- Arlington (2- 
0-4) taking the first three games 3 1 
15, 30-24,33-31 

King and Augusto each finishe 
with 13 kills, junior Juliana Abrt 
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p.m. and then travel to 
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NSU restructures 
core requirements 

By Kera Simon 

Sauce Reporter 

The core curriculum 
required for graduation at 
NSU has been revised. 

Thomas Hanson, vice 
president of academic 
affairs, said the changes to 
the core consist of reorgan- 
ized course categories. 
These modifications were 
affected to make NSU's core 
requirements match those of 
the Louisiana Board of 

The Louisiana Board of 

Regents, the governing 
board for higher education 
in the state, established the 
new requirements for state 

Some universities have 
already enacted these 
changes. NSU's revisions 
will go into effect for the fall 
2006 semester. 

The changes will appear 
in the 2006-2007 NSU 
Course Catalog. The revised 
core will affect the 2006 
freshman class as well as 
students who change their 
majors and are assigned to 

the 2006-2007 Course Cata- 
log for their graduation 

The most noticeable 
change is the lack of a single 
general core curriculum. 

The core is now separated 
by degrees including: Bac- 
calaureate Degrees (4 years), 
Associate of Art and Associ- 
Degrees (2 years), and the 
Associate of Science Degrees 
(2 years). 

The Baccalaureate Degree 
still consists of eight parts. 
The category "Communica- 

tions" was changed to "Eng- 
lish." Six hours of English 
are still required (English 
1010, English 1020). 

The optional English 
classes (English 2050, 2060, 
2070, 2080, 3210, 3230 or 
Speech 1010) were moved to 
the "Humanities" category. 
Philosophy 1010 and 1020 
were moved from the 
"Social Science" category to 
"Humanities," as were His- 
tory 1010, 1020, 2010, and 

Similar regrouping can be 
seen in the Associate of Arts 

and Associate (non-desig- 
nated) Degrees, and the 
Associate of Science 
Degrees. The number of 
hours and classes remain 
the same. 

Lisa Abney, acting head of 
the English department, 
said the changes will also 
eliminate a loophole in the 
old core requirements that 
allowed some students to 
substitute English classes for 
history courses and vice 

Are these guys for real? That 'depends!' 

Chris Reich / The Current Sauce 

Kappa Alpha Order's pledges perform at the lip sync contest Monday night in Prather Coliseum. For more photos from this week's Homecoming activities, see page 3. 

Accomplished journalist 
returns to teach at NSU 

By Lela Coker 

Sauce Reporter 

Journalism professor John 
Merrill has come full circle. 

Merrill began his teaching 
career in 1951 at NSU, and 
now he has returned as the 
Wise Endowed Chair in 

"It is a great pleasure to be 
here, " Merrill said. "I can't 
explain the feelings I have 
coming back to Northwest- 
ern. I see the same dedica- 
tion to the students now as I 
did in the fifties." 

Maj. Gen.Erbon W. and 
Marie Wise, two NSU alum- 
ni, established the Wise 
Endowed Chair in Journal- 
ism in 2003 with a $400,000 
donation to NSU. 

NSU President Randall 
Webb said, " We're honored 
to have Merrill come back. I 
felt honored we can attract 
him due to Gen. Erbon and 
Marie Wise's generosity and 
establishment of ' the 
endowed chair. 

"It is especially gratifying 
that he has returned to the 
school where he began his 
career. Northwestern's jour- 
nalism department is fortu- 
nate to have someone of Dr. 
Merrill's caliber working 
with our staff and students." 

Merrill left NSU in 1961 
and has taught in numerous 
universities nationally and 
abroad. He has also written 
more than 25 books and 

published over 100 journal 
articles. He has also worked 
as a newspaper reporter, 
wire editor and columnist 
and has conducted confer- 
ences in 75 countries. 

Merrill returned to NSU 
in August and plans to stay 
through April. He said he 
will then return to Colum- 
bia, Mo. with his wife Dot- 

"It's great for us," Dottie 
said. "Three of our children 
were born here. We have 
many pleasant memories 
here. Natchitoches still has 
the charm we remember 
and we still have friends 

Faculty members are 
pleased to have Merrill back 
as well. 

"It has been intellectually 
stimulating to have Dr. Mer- 
rill here," Journalism 
Department Head Paula 
Furr said. "It is an honor for 
us to have Dr. Merrill come 

Because of his 50 plus 
years of teaching experi- 
ence, Merrill has impacted 
countless students, one of 
whom is NSU Vice Presi- 
dent of External Affairs Jerry 
Pierce. Pierce said Merrill is 
possibly the most prominent 
journalism teacher in the 

"We need more like him," 

Pierce said. "Having him is 
almost impossible to put 
into words because of his 
prominence in this field. He 
is an outstanding journalist 

and educator." 

On Oct. 6, Merrill was rec- 
ognized as the recipient of 
the Wise Endowed Journal- 
ism Chair at a reception in 

Hanchey Gallery. He 
received a custom-made, 
engraved chair. 

"The Wise Chair- you 
can't beat that," Merrill said. 

Cheryl Thompson / The Current Sauce 

(From left) NSU President Randall Webb, Brenda Webb, Dottie Merrill and John Merrill pose with the Wise 
Endowed Journalism Chair at a reception in the Hanchey Gallery Thursday. John Merrill received the Chair 
in recognition of his accomplishments in the field of journalism. 



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NSU art student wins city 

By Lindsay Larcom 

Sauce Reporter 

The Natchitoches Arts Council 
has selected senior art major 
Alexandra Nieto's "Cane River 
Christmas" as the 26th Annual 
Christmas Festival poster. 

Nieto's piece was selected from 
19 entries. Nieto said she drew 
inspiration from local scenery 

and past Festival posters. 

"I started going around town 
and sketching the river and Front 
Street," Nieto said. 

Nieto included fireworks, mag- 
nolias and the riverfront in 
nighttime setting into her design. 
She said her intent was to incor- 
porate images that symbolized 
traditional Natchitoches. 

Nieto heard about the poster 

said she submitted her entry with 
no real hopes of winning and was 
pleasantly surprised by ner victo- 

"It feels really good and it's 
such an honor to be chosen," she 

Nieto took her first art class at 
NSU. She expressed gratitude to 

g (her; as an artist. 
Nieto's original poster is d 
played alongside previous Fes 
vaf posters at the Office for Coi 
munity Development at 
Fourth St. Signed and number 
prints of the posters are availal 
tor $35. 

A poster order form is availal 
on the Web at cityofnatc 

Courtesy of City of Natchitoches 

Art major Alexandra Nieto's winning design for the 26th Annual Christmas Festi- 
val poster contest. 

NSU Police Blotter 

Oct, 8 

2:28 p.m. 

Police received a call reporting 
individuals drinking in front of 
the WRAC. 

6:22 p.m. 

A student called to report a 
theft from her car in the 
Bossier parking lot. 

Oct, 9 

8:57 p.m. 

A car parked in a campus fire 
zone was reported hit. 

Oct. 10 
11:59 p.m. 

A car on campus was rolled 
with toilet paper. 

Oct. 11 

12:39 a.m. 

Officers received a call report- 
ing shots fired at the College 
Avenue Apartments. 

6:50 p.m. 

A worker from Iberville 
requested an officer to help 
with a troublesome student. 

Oct. 12 

3:57 p.m. 

A student called from Sabine 
Hall to report that her room- 
mate had been missing since 
she left for McDonald's at 11 

Kyle Shirley 

Displaced student adjusts to life at NSU 

By Andi Bass 

Sauce Reporter 

"I wish this would have never 
happened. I wish I was at home, 
laying in bed, waking up from a 
nightmare, not waking up and liv- 
ing the nightmare," Cornelius 
"Seth" Spottsville said regarding 
his life since Hurricane Katrina. 

Spottsville is a former student of 
the University of New Orleans and 

Delgado Community College who 
is now attending NSU. He is one of 
the approximately 150 displaced 
students at NSU. 

Spottsville, a junior journalism 
major, worked at Delgado's televi- 
sion station and chose to come to 
NSU because of the journalism 
department's broadcast program. 

Spottsville said choosing a school 
was easy compared to choosing 
what classes to take. 

"I didn't have a transcript. I had 
to guess what classes I was going to 
need and what could be transferred 
back," he said. 

As Spottsville and others are 
finding, the crossover from city to 
country life can be difficult. 

"It's a cultural limbo. The differ- 
ence is so great," he said. 

While some evacuees are finding 
that starting over is not cheap, there 
is some relief. 

"The FEMA check helped a lot," 
as has "the kindness of strangers," 
Spottsville said. 

Spottsville plans to return to 
New Orleans in December, but 
feels he will be in the minority. He 
pointed out that "once most of 
them get jobs and establish them- 
selves elsewhere, it's going to be a 
battle to get them to return to noth- 

A poll conducted by the Wash- 

ington Post and the Harvard School 
of Public Health validates his 
beliefs. The poll found that only 
43% of those surveyed planned to 
return to New Orleans. 

Since the hurricane, Spottsville 
has been back to his condominium 
in Metairie twice to collect personal 
belongings. His third floor 
dwelling managed to escape with 
only minimal damage. 

For two days, Spottsville ai 
seven others were trapped in 
friend's house in Bogalusa, 
which caught the eye of the ston 
Now he and many other displaci 
students are trapped in an unfam 
iar town, away from friends ai 
family, while trying to concentra 
on studying and struggling wi 
the emotional and financial toll 

2005 Potpourri 
earns national 
yearbook awards 

By Lela Coker 

Sauce Reporter 

The Potpourri, NSU's yearbook, 
has received three national awards 
for its 2005 edition. 

The awards are Columbia 
Scholastic Press Association's Sil- 
ver Medalist Certificate and Amer- 
ican Scholastic Press Association's 
First Place with Special Merit and 
Most Outstanding Yearbook for 
2005 in the category of Best Year- 
book in the Nation for Colleges 
and Universities with 25,000+ stu- 

Mary Brocato, the Potpourri 
staff's faculty adviser, said awards 
from Columbia Scholastic Press 
Association are very prestigious. 

"The awards offer national 
recognition and validation of our 
quality yearbook," Brocato said. 

"It is a really good indication of 
the outstanding job our students 
are doing in their efforts to publish 
a book that is recognized national- 
ly. It just shows we can hold our 
own with the best yearbooks in the 
country," Brocato said. 

Jimmy Brown is the editor for 
this year's Potpourri and served as 
the book's associate editor last 

"Mrs. Brocato told me about the 
awards," Brown said. "When I 
found out I was surprised, but at 

the same time I knew it was award 

Last year's Potpourri editor, 
Darla Williford, is also working as 
this year's associate editor. 

"The best part of getting this 
award was it made all the hard 
work worth it," Williford said. "It 
made us know we did a good job, 
and our yearbook stood out among 
other yearbooks nationally." 

The Columbia Scholastic Press 
Association cited the 2005 Potpour- 
ri for being a visual book with 
strong photography. The American 
Scholastic Press Association com- 
mended the book for its writing, 
photography and page design, 
awarding the yearbook 950 out of a 
possible 1000 points. 

The 2004 Potpourri received 
Columbia Scholastic Press Associa- 
tion's Gold Medalist Award and 
American Scholastic Press Associa- 
tion's First Place Award. Last 
year's Most Outstanding Yearbook 
award was new to the publica- 
tion's list of accolades. 

"It gives this year's staff a goal to 
work toward to try to win the 
awards again," Brocato said. "I 
think they will work very hard to 
get back to the Gold Medalist 

The book's staff received notifi- 
cation that it had received these 
commendations in mid-September. 


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Clockwise from top: 

SAB presented a drive-up movie,"Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" on 
Tuesday night (EJ Schiro/The Current Sauce); 

Freshman theatre major Brittany Guillory tries to climb the rock wall in front of 
the Student Union during Homecoming Fun Day 
(Cheryl Thompson/The Current Sauce); 

Travis Eaglin, this year's Homecoming King, judges the Homecoming Hunnies 
Competition on Monday night 
(Chris Reich/The Current Sauce); 

Freshman general studies major Edwin Ivory (left) fights with junior computer 
engineering major Frederick Taylor (right) 
(Cheryl Thompson/The Current Sauce); 

From left, Remington Madlock, Josh Guyans and Charles Jones from Party Cen- 
tral in Bossier work the Fantastic Flyer for freshman biology major Katelyn 
Bourgeois at Homecoming Fun Day (Cheryl Thompson/The Current Sauce); 

Morgan Cedars, a junior business administration major, performs at the Home- 
coming Lip Sync contest on Monday (Chris Reich/The Current Sauce). 

Look for more Homecoming photos in next week's edition of The Current Sauce 

Theatre student has l^**-fect summer 

Photo courtesy Teddric Matthews 

Teddric Matthews spent the entire summer performing as "Mongojerri" in Cats . 

By Ashley Lewis 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU senior theater major Ted- 
dric Matthews is moving closer to 
Broadway, literally. 

Matthews, who first enrolled at 
NSU as a math major, changed his 
major to theater after three semes- 
ters. Now he has been in theater 
for six years. 

Matthews got his start in theater 
at Terrebonne High School in 
Houma, La. 

He also participated in cheer- 

leading and dance, hobbies that 
have carried over into his involve- 
ment with NSU's flag team. 

"My passion is theater but I'm 
strongest in dance," Matthews said. 

Matthews' stage experiences 
paid off when he received an audi- 
tion with the Cumberland Comity 
Playhouse earlier this spring. His 
audition earned him the role of 
Mungojerri in the famous Broad- 
way musical "Cats." 

The show ran for 12 weeks this 
summer in Crossville, Term. 
According to The Tennessean, the 

play broke attendance records for 
the venue. 

"I like musicals. I liked dancing 
in 'Cats' more than watching it. 1 
fell in love with the choreography," 
Matthews said. 

Matthews said one of his favorite 
moments in "Cats" was the Jellicle 
Ball, a 17-minute dance number. 

"I've never been in an atmos- 
phere where everyone was talent- 
ed," Matthews said of his "Cats" 
experience. "I grew as a performer. 
My stage presence and dancing 

have gotten better." 

"Cats" is one of the most cele- 
brated and wildly produced musi- 
cals ever to hit the stage. It has 
been translated into ten languages 
and has been performed in places 
as varied as tents in Japan and 
Korea, an engine shed in Switzer- 
land and high school gymnasiums 
across the United States. 

After graduating in December, 
Matthews says he plans to leave for 
New York and audition for the 
Dance Theater of Harlem. 


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Different folks, different strokes 

Hew band director brings fresh ideas to the Spirit of Northwestern 

Thursday, October 1 3, 2005 — The Current Sauce - Life/Opinions St. 

By Kelli Fontenot 

Sauce Reporter 

If you are familiar with the cus- 
toms of marching band, you know 
^at the phrase "Okay, let's try that 
3 ne more time" inevitably means 
"at least six more times." 

Water breaks are scarce, and 
; tveat pools on the hot cement 
jelow the bodies of feeble fresh- 
jien. Students stumble around the 
parking lot, pleading for drinks, 
filing desperately to mirages in 
the distance. It is up to the direc- 
tors of the band to gather their 
^eak bodies and transform them 
nto the energetic marching entity 

Fashionable Focus 

Chris Reich/ The Current Sauce 

Kevin Richardson, NSU's newest band director, walks through the band it rehears- 
es this year's "Earth, Wind and Fire" show. 

What's new 
in stores 
this week: 

In Music 

Life, Ricky Martin 

• Home, The Corrs 

• Next, Sevendust 
Unplugged, Alicia Keys 

• J Am Me, Ashlee Simpson 
(Oct. 18) 

• Timeless, Martina McBride 
(Oct. 18) 

In Movies 

Kingdom of Heaven 
• The Sisterhood of the Travel- 
ing Pants 

Kicking and Screaming 
Batman Begins (Oct. 18) 
Saving Face (Oct. 18) 


that we know and love. 

Mr. Kevin Richardson, the new 
Assistant Professor of Music and 
Associate Director of Bands, has 
been teaching at Northwestern 
since the start of the 2005 fall 

At the beginning of the football 
season, some students were under 
the impression that he was plan- 
ning on making several changes to 
the program, but he claims that he 
is doing no such thing. He wants 
to continue the tradition of excel- 
lence that Mr. Brent, the current 
Director of Bands, started over 
twenty years ago. 

The "Spirit of Northwestern" 
marching band usually prepares 
three or four different marching 
shows during the football season. 
This is quite a change for many of 
Northwestern's new students 
because most high school bands 
learn one show and work on it 
throughout the year. 

Freshman Amber Gaddy says 
that the most difficult part of 
marching season is "learning the 
music, because the piccolos have to 
do it by memory." 

To an audience member, the pre- 
cise movements executed by the 
band during a marching show may 
look very difficult, but Richardson 
insists that the students catch on 
very quickly. 

Richardson also explains that it 
isn't all about making things look 
complicated. He wants band to be 
enjoyable for all of his students. 

"College band is the most fun 
ensemble to be in because there are 
no competitions, like in high 
school. There's no stress," says 
Richardson. "Your sole purpose is 
to support the team and entertain 

the crowd." 

Leaning over his desk, Richard- 
son stresses to me the importance 
of the one rule that he has estab- 
lished here at Northwestern: 

"No one shall be caught not hav- 
ing fun at any time." 

So far, the students seem to be 
coping quite well with this regula- 
tion despite the blistering heat of 
marching practices and the chal- 
lenging scores that they are 
required to learn. 

Bryant Weldon, a freshman tuba 
player, agrees wholeheartedly with 
Mr. Richardson. 

"Band is great," says Weldon. 
"That rule is more of a widely 
known fact than a rule. Of course 
I'm going to have fun. Music and 
fun are synonyms. 

"Mr. Richardson is always trying 
his best to promote band spirit and 
hard work," adds Brandon Leg- 
nion, an enthusiastic baritone play- 

For the graduating seniors (or 
"old men"), this is a very important 
year, and Richardson says that he 
wants to ensure that their last year 
is by far their best. He urges his 
students to strive for excellence in 
everything that they do, and to 
always maintain a sense of atten- 
tion to detail. 

Saxophonist Russ Couch thinks 
that Mr. Richardson has influenced 
the band in a very positive way. 

"We are more of a family than 
just a group now. Sound has 
increased and our practices are 
more^ efficient. I'm very excited 
about this season; it looks very 

Ok. I know that summer is over 
and fall has supposedly already 
snuck its way in; however, many 
folks are still reaping the conse- 
quences of staying out in the sun 
all summer long. Although those 
days of getting all oiled up to bask 
in those hot, summer rays are 
gone, you might not realize the 
damage that was done that you 
will have to live with — or so you 

No-Flair Hair 

Have your locks lost their lus- 
ter? Did the sun leave your tresses 
fried and dried? If you answered 
yes, it's time to revamp with a lit- 
tle TLC 

If you are broke and desperate 
(as most college kids are), cover 
your hair in mayonnaise (not the 
low-oil, diet kind) and cover with 
a shower hat for half an hour, this 
is only a temporary measure as it 
only makes the hair feel better and 
cannot feed the inside of the hair 

If you spent much of the sum- 
mer in chlorinated water or sea 
water, your hair color probably 
lost its shine and its luster. In 
order to get the life back in, there 
are a few things you've got to do. 
If your hair has gone green from 
swimming in chlorinated water, 
add a few drops of mer- 
curochrome to your rinsing water 
or rub tomato sauce through the 
hair and rinse. These methods will 
neutralize the green. 

Be sure not to make any chemi- 
cal changes to your hair prior 
before going into the sun, pool or 
ocean next time. This will prevent 
your color from fading or turning 
unwanted colors. Also, be sure to 
comb through a waterproof sun- 
screen. Sunscreen also prevents 
your hair from everyday damage. 
If you're asking yourself if this 
will make your tresses look greasy, 
relax. Try one of the new "spray- 
on" sunscreens and apply a little 
after you have styled your hair for 
the day. 

Scal\ Skin, Flambeed Face 

Do you ever notice when looking 

in a mirror after a long day out in 
the sun that your skin has become 
chapped or dried out? If you exer- 
cised, swam or did anything else 
outdoors this summer, you can 
probably answer yes to this. I've 
noticed that my skin hasn't exactly 
been as soft as a baby's bottom 
lately, but I 
owe that all 
to 3 p.m. 
band prac- 

(thanks a 
lot!). I 
come home 
from a long 
day at 
and my 
skin is itchy 
and dry 
and needs 
some atten- 

seems like a 
pretty easy 
thing to 
remedy, doesn't it? Just wash 
your face with soap and water 
then put on some random mois- 
turizer, right? Nope. 

After speaking with a skin spe- 
cialist (not a dermatologist) about 
my band camp woes, she 
explained to me that just washing 
and moisturizing with any ran- 
dom lotion could actually be more 
harmful than helpful. Soap and 
most lotions contain "glycerin" 
which is a chemical that can make 
you feel like your replenishing 
moisture to your skin, but actually 
it dries it out even more. That is 
why she recommends looking at 
the ingredients of a product before 
purchasing it. If you see glycerin 
as one of the top ingredients, set it 
back down and back away! Look 
for ones that are mainly made 
with water, proteins and silks. 
Anything organic will usually be 
safe, but always check first! 

More important than just plain 
old moisturizing is protection 
from further damage. Always use 
sunscreen! There are organic sun- 
screens that can be used as mois- 

turizers and sun protection. 

Manis and Pedis 

Up until this year I never really 
thought much of taking care of my 
hands and feet, but when I real- 
ized that those parts needed a little 
TLC after working all summer and 
being outside 
for band, I 
decided to do 

Exfoliation is 
the first step. 
Choosing a salt 
or sugar scrub 
for your hands 
and feet is 
based on how 
badly they 
need attention. 
If has been a 
while since 
you did any- 
thing to your 
"mootsies and 
tootsies" I 
would go for a 
sugar scrub. 
Sugar is good for sloughing off 
any excess skin and it dissolves in 
warm water, making it easier to 
clean off — plus it smells nice! 

After exfoliating, get out some 
cuticle oil and start rubbing it into 
those nail beds and cuticles. Keep- 
ing up with these parts of the nail 
will prevent hangnails and gnarly 
cuticles that could be painful in 
the future. 

It is always good to use an 
emery board when filing or mani- 
curing. But make sure afterwards, 
you use a vitamin-enriched nail 
hardener. This will keep your 
nails from breaking, and patch up 
any broken chips you may have 
acquired from thumbing around 
in the sand or playing too much 
beach volleyball. 

After everything has dried, be 
sure you get out that non-glycerin 
moisturizer and lather up those 
hands and feet for a good hydrat- 
ing soak. This treatment should 
make you feel like a king or queen 
again and not tired or worn out 
from the summer's activities. 

Happy Spa Day! 

Opinions/Promotions Editor 



Lora Sheppard 

Editor in Chief 

Hello everybody, and welcome to Volume 
1 of the Current Saucel 

Most of you don't know me, and some of 
'ou do. My name is Lora Sheppard, a senior 
ournalism major, and I am the Editor in Chief 
for the 2005-2006 year. 

I I'm sure most of you are thinking, "And? 
Should I care?" 

You should care, because the Sauce will be 
Ranging this year, and it was you who told us 
that we should change it. Some of you may 
t ' e call the surveys that the Sauce staff compiled 
W the end of the last semester. While we gath- 
er ed the information, we noticed patterns that 
occurred; answers that students and faculty 
^TOte over and over. 

The surveys had a primary purpose: to see 
How a future staff can make the Sauce into 
Something that the audience would want to 
j&ad. The Sauce is NSU's campus newspaper. 
Rur campus newspaper. We are here to bring 
he news and facts to you, and I think that 
'long the way, some Sauce staff members had 
orgotten that from time to time. 

I want this year to be better, and I want all 
jf you to enjoy reading the Sauce as much as 
he staff enjoys publishing it. 

One of my goals is to not only add more 
campus news, but also include some parts of 
the campus that have been sorely neglected. 
This year is about bridging gaps and looking 
forward, not back at past mistakes. Greeks 
and other student organizations are an impor- 
tant part of the NSU experience, and news 
about that part of campus can be just as vital 
as the CAPA calendar and what the exam 
schedule will be in December. The Sauce 
knows this. 

And I plan to prove it. 

Not to be forgotten is the website for the 
paper, Some stories could 
be published online that were not published 
in the print edition, as well as additional pic- 
tures. As a bonus, the website usually has the 
newest edition up before the papers are in and 
distributed around campus. Just a thought. 

If there are any comments or suggestions, 
let us know. We want to know how we can 
make the Sauce better, and how you think it 
can be done. We want to hear from you. Feed- 
back and constructive criticism tend to make 
me feel like a kid at Christmas-time, so all 
comments will be treasured, even those that 
are negative. 

The students, faculty and staff of this uni- 
versity are important, and I have not forgotten 
that. I plan to bring you a paper that I hope, 
when all is said and done, we can all be proud 

See you next week. 

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Homecoming '05 

The Demon's "Purple Swarm" defense will be looking to tame the Lions of Southeastern Saturday for NSU Homecoming. 

By Justin Hebert 

Sports Editor 

The NSU football team and their 
Purple Swarm defense make a 
much awaited return home this 
weekend as the 20th ranked 
Demons (2-2, 1-0 in SLC) host the 
Southeastern Louisiana Lions (1-3, 

0- 1 in SLC) Saturday at 2 p.m. for 
Homecoming at Turpin Stadium. 

Demon head coach Scott Stoker 
and his staff will have the duties of 
containing Southeastern senior 
quarterback Trey Willie and their 
strong passing attack that accounts 
for 257 of their almost 300 yards 
per game. Along with Willie, the 
Demon's secondary will be target- 
ing his favorite receiver, senior 
Josh Taylor, who has 251 yards on 
25 catches. 

"I don't think you can stop this 
offense," Stoker said. "You try not 
to leave guys uncovered or give up 
big plays, and if they do catch the 
ball we've got to tackle them. This 
game will be a big challenge for 
the secondary. We need to slow 
them down and try to get the ball 
back to our offense." 

It will be up to NSU's 2005 Pre- 
season All-American first team 
cornerback David Pittman along 
with corner Darrel Kitchen and 
safeties Russ Washington and 
Bruce Woods to hold the Lion 
passing attack in check. Pittman, 
who has recorded 22 tackles, four 
pass break ups, an interception 
and a forced fumble, was recently 
named as a "Buchannan Battle" 
member, a list that names the best 

1- AA defensive players who are in 
contention for the 11th Buck 
Buchanan Award which is given to 
the top defensive player in I-AA 

To relieve the secondary, the 
Demons defensive line and line- 
backers will have to get plenty of 
pressure on Willie, who has 
thrown six interceptions in four 
games this season. 

For the second week in a row, 
NSU will be without their starting 
defensive end and what Stoker 
considers the best defensive line- 
man in the league, 2005 Preseason 
All-American Ed Queen, who 
could possibly be out for the rest of 
the year. 

Filling in for Queen again this 

week will be sophomore defensive 
end Charlie Brooks who came up 
big against Sam Houston Saturday 
had nine tackles, two of which 
were in the backfield, 1.5 sacks, 
two quarterback hurries and a bro- 
ken up pass. 

"We're going to do what we 
always do on defense, no one will 
force us to change what we do," 
Stoker said. "That doesn't show 

Along with Queen, senior tail- 
back Shelton Sampson will be held 
out for another week due to 
injuries, which means the Demons 
offensive production will once 
again rely on the shoulders of two- 
time SLC Offensive Player of the 
Week Davon Vinson. 

The senior quarterback was 
responsible for 200 of the Demons' 
264 yards and was not responsible 
for a turnover for the first time this 
year in their 10-6 SLC opening vic- 
tory at Sam Houston. Vinson was 
15 of 22 passing for 148 yards and 
rushed for 52 yards on 11 carries 
including a six-yard touchdown 

"He knows what's expected of 
him and he tries not to make any 
mistakes," Stoker said of Vinson, 
the Demons passing and rushing 
leader. "Most of our offense comes 
through him. We've got to do a 
much better job of getting help 
around him from other players." 

NSU has a trio of backs in soph- 
omores A.J. Franklin and Anthony 
Holmes, and junior Greg Skid- 
more who will be taking the hand- 
offs in place of Sampson. Franklin 
is the Demons second leading 
rusher behind Vinson with 126 

Southeastern' s defense won't be 
a slouch either, the Lion's have one 
of the best defensive units in the 
SLC and are only allowing an 
average of 320 yards per game. 

NSU's offense is coming off a 
shaky 264-yard performance, win- 
ning despite only scoring 10 
points, a feat that the Demons had 
not accomplished for 20 years. 

"It will be a challenge offensive- 
ly," Stoker said. "We haven't been 
able to move he ball on a consis- 
tent basis. Our guys have got to 
make plays and do it consistently." 

Stoker hopes his team can get an 

Gary Hardamon/NSU Media Service 

NSU linebacker T.J. McMillan stops Sam Houston State wide receiver Stevie Smith while defensive end Carlos Stephens (57) 
and linebacker Keith Robinson (48) come to assist on the tackle during the Demon's 10-6 victory at SHSU Saturday. 

edge on special teams with the 
nation's No. 3 ranked punter, 
sophomore Marshall Burton who 
is averaging 44.4 yards per punt 
and averaged 46 yards on seven 
punts, with three of them being 
downed inside the 20-yard line 
Saturday at SHSU. 

"Marshall was as big a part of 
our victory as anyone," Stoker 
said. "Nobody since I've been 

here as been able to turn around 
our field position as good as him. 
It's also important for us to give 
Toby (Zeigler) a chance to return 
more balls and make something 
happen for us." 

Zeigler, a senior return specialist 
and wide receiver and another of 
NSU's Preseason Ail-Americans, 
holds the NSU, SLC, and 
Louisiana records for career punt 

return yards with 1,288. NSU will 
need his explosive returning skills 
to show up Saturday to help keep 
them in the field position battle. 

After Saturday the Demons will 
start to gear up for their Oct. 22 
contest at SLC foe No. 14 Texas 
State who downed Southeastern 
30-15 in their league opener Satur- 

Lady Demon volleyball team to take 
on top two teams in SLC 

Gary Hardamon/NSU Media Service 

NSU senior Flavia Belo, right, who broke the NSU career assists record Tuesday, 
sets up senior Priscila Augusto for a kill in the Lady Demons five game loss to 
Louisiana Tech at home. 

Undefeated Demons to host 
Texas State Friday at NSU 

By Justin Hebert 

Sports Editor 

Coming off a hard-fought five - 
match loss at home to Louisiana 
Tech in which senior Flavia Belo 
set the school assists record, the 
Lady Demon volleyball team is 
getting ready for their toughest 
weekend all season as they take 
on the Southland Conference's top 
two teams at Prather Coliseum. 

Friday at 7 p.m. NSU hosts Sam 
Houston State who is currently in 
second place in the SLC with a 6-1 
league record. The Lady Demons 
will then face SLC leader Stephen 
F. Austin, who is undefeated in 
league play with seven wins, on 
Saturday at 6:30 p.m. 

The Ladyjacks are ranked No. 
10 in the AVCA Division I Central 
Region poll after defeating 
Louisiana Tech, Lamar and 
McNeese and hold a 15-2 record. 

"This is a huge weekend for 
NSU history," Lady Demon assis- 
tant coach Brittany Uffelman said. 
"SFA has not lost a match yet this 
year in conference. Our exact 
starters this year played SFA in 
spring ball and beat them in three 
games. We can beat SFA on our 
home court." 

The Lady Demons will be led by 
sophomore kill leader Whitney 
King, who recorded 20 kills Tues- 
day and senior setter Belo, who 
recorded 55 sets Tuesday to push 
her NSU career-leading total to 
3,515. Senior Priscila Augusto is 
second on the team in kills with 
152 while junior Juliana Abreu has 
notched 135. 

Although the Lady Demons got 
14 kills each from Abreu and 
Augusto and a career-high 24 digs 
from sophomore Rachel Ford to 
go with King's 20 kills and Belo's 
55 assist, it was still not enough to 
top the Lady Techsters who rallied 

from being down two games to 
one, with two of their top hitters 
getting over 20 kills. 

"We have to have more than one 
hitter having a good night," Uffel- 
man said. "Everyone has to be 
having a good night and when 
everyone's on we have a phenom- 
enal team that can beat both of 
those teams." 

NSU will be hoping to improve 
their 3-4 league record and fifth 
place seeding before they hit the 
road for a seven game SLC road 
trip in which they do not play at 
home until Nov. 11 when they 
host Texas-San Antonio. 

"If we win this weekend our 
girls will win the rest of their 
matches this year, I believe in 
them that much," Uffelman said. 
"If SFA and Sam Houston do get 
to us we will be just as fine confer- 
ence wise to be able to go the con- 
ference tournament." 

By Justin Hebert 

Sports Editor 

The NSU Demon soccer team 
will put their undefeated South- 
land Conference record up against 
the Texas State Bobcats (5-8, 2-1) at 
the Demon Soccer Complex Friday 
at 7 p.m. Not only are the Demons 
(8-4-1, 3-0) undefeated in league 
play but they are also 5-0 at home 
this season. 

After downing league oppo- 
nents Nicholls State, Southeastern, 
and Louisiana-Monroe, and 
outscoring them by a total of 14-2, 
the Demons (8-4-1) are 3-0 in the 
SLC, are tied for first place with 
Stephen F. Austin (9-3, 3-0 in SLC), 

and hoping to continue their best 
ever start in league play. 

Head coach Jimmy Mitchell had 
another strong defensive showing 
from his team Sunday as they 
defeated Arkansas State 4-0 at 
home getting two goals each from 
forwards Erin Hebert, a sopho- 
more, and Lauren Miller, a fresh- 


Hebert's two goals in Sunday's 
match has her leading the team, 
along with 2004 scoring leader 
Julie Zavala, with seven goals a 
piece this season. 

Sophomore goalkeeper Johnna 
Klohoker recorded her second 
straight shutout Sunday, and will 

likely be the goalkeeper Friday as 
Krystle Donaldson continues to 
rest a knee injury, although she did 
see some action in Sunday's match. 

The Demons may also be with- 
out senior midfielder Stephanie 
Miller due to a leg injury, but hope 
to see the return of '05 Preseason 
AU-SLC First Team selection Ash- 
ley Hadley. 

The Bobcats overtime goal to 
defeat ULM 2-1 Sunday kept them 
from dropping below .500 in the 
conference, but will be looking to 
create a second-place tie in the SLC 
and be the first to defeat the 
Demons under the lights of the 
Demon Soccer Complex. 

Gary Hardamon/NSU Media Service 

One of NSU's scoring leaders Julie Zavala follows her ball as she runs past a 
Southeasern Lady Lion in their home win. The Demons host Texas State Friday. 



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Demon hoops 
begins practice 

NSU's Demon and Lad 
Demon basketball games wj 
host a free pancake dinner SatJ 
day at 9 a.m. in Prather Cold 

According to a press relei 
from, the anni 
al "Pancakes in Prather" is 
opportunity for NSU basketb, 
fans to watch the opening weell 
end of college basketball presej 
son workouts. 

The Lady Demons will hoi 
their first practice at 9 a.m. SatuJ 
day morning in Prather ColisjThe CUf 
um. The Demons will follow jCAMPUS C 

11 a.m. planning 

In addition to these practice 
both teams will work out on th Bring Cot 
following Sunday. Those sejtO theCUl 
sions begin at 1 p.m. for thname an< 
Demons and at 3 p.m. for ti| refuse an 
Lady Demons. 

All practices and workouts ar 
open to the public. 

e . , _. ... NSUt< 
Special activities sance 

planned for NSU 

game Oct. 29 

The NSU athletic departmaj nsu facu 
has named the Demon footba|Ra ZO vsky c 
team's Oct. 29 home ganjfro m 9 a.rr 
against the Northeaste* i;30 p,r 
Huskies, which begins at nooja| so preser 
the Faculty/Staff and NatcHi7th centu 
toches Parish School Game. 

Events for the faculty /sta( A recepti 
departments will include prizr^ a " er y ^ r01 
for the department that sells th scholars ' 
most tickets to the game. Tickeygrj ^ p re 
for the game will be $5 for NSL n d the Re 
faculty and staff that purchas 
theirs the day before the game. 

Each department will also de^ 
ignate a member to compete jSpNng 
the "Demon Quarterback ^oqgppljcj 
nection." ■ A preliminary conte 
will begin at 10 a.m. in the taj J he spnn 
gating area, and the finalists 
compete at halftime. The 
ning department will receive The applii 
luncheon provided by the athleflousing Of 
ic department. 

Also, any faculty and sfc 
members who bring their sign 
football card from the NSU fa 
ty/ staff luncheon may sub; 
that card at the game will be el 
gible for a $100 drawing whi( 
will take place in the secon 
quarter. Cards will be collected, 
on the West Side-North entrandMaStd 
prior to the game and up untjstuder 
the end of the first quarter. 

For the Natchitoches Par 
schools the NSU will have a 
oring and a writing contest 
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Medieval and Renaissance Scholars Friday and Saturday. 

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-mon footbajRazovsky and Lisa Wolffe will present papers Saturday 
home gamfrom 9 a .m. to 5 p.m. in Morrison Hall with lunch from 12 
Northeaster^ 1:30 p.m. in the Morrison courtyard. Jean D'amato will 
;gins at noo^sc present engravings of sites in Italy from the 16th and 
and Natchi7th centuries, 
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student poetry slam event 

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naster flutist Galen Razzaq tonight at 7:30 in Magale 
Recital Hall. 

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me and calleSnvited to recite their personal compositions over a back- 
drop of live jazz music. 

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former NSU student to hold book- 
igning event for charity 

Former NSU grad student Dayne Sherman will hold a 
k signing at The Book Merchant Saturday from 1 p.m. 
3 p.m. 

Sherman is a high school dropout who has gone on to 
:eive college degrees and publish a critically-acclaimed 
lovel, "Welcome to the Fallen Paradise." 

Sherman said he will evenly divide all his royalties from 
pe signing between the American Library Association Hur- 
ricane Katrina Library Relief Fund and the American Red 


[urricanes Kal 

as forced tn 

:nce to relocaL, . ... 

rarts champiTraveling civil rights exhibit visits 
to°Nsu a t ^ tudent Union 

Wednesday. A traveling exhibit from the Louisiana State Museum will 
men's arh displayed in the Student Union Lobby through Nov. 5. 

untry champ The exhibit, entitled "The World Will Move: Civil Rights 
1 moved f ™Jnd Public Transportation in Louisiana, 1860s-1950s," is 
It will be he%vaj|able for viewing Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. 
Is Golf Coursfo 4 p m 
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! cross countf The exhibit includes photographs, prints, newspaper arti- 
lost recently i and artifacts that document the history of segregation 
rence membei n Public transportation and the struggle to abolish it. 

women's tearl 

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f Southeaster The Lady of the Bracelet committee is accepting contest- 
ing is a lack 4nts and volunteers for this year's pageant. 


he wake of th ne pageant, which awards over $8,000 in scholarsnips, 
is scheduled for Feb. 4. 

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56 u 3t u d are available on the Web at 
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ed the SLHn 0re information on the pageant. 

2003 and 2001 

CIS team continues 
winning streak 

By Katie Lopez 

Sauce Reporter 

No other school, large or 
small, has been able to match 
the success of NSU's CIS 
team; its members just won 
their fifth consecutive Associ- 
ation of Information Technol- 
ogy Professionals National 

Championship in Systems 
Analysis and Design. 

Lissa Pollacia, department 
head in the College of Busi- 
ness, said, "Systems analysLs 
is a big area of the competi- 
tion because when most stu- 
dents graduate their first jobs 
are in that area. 

"We were able to produce a 

winning team so far every 
year. No other school has 
done that," Pollacia said. 

Every year the AITP holds a 
National Collegiate Confer- 
ence. This year the conference 
took place in Atlanta. 

The conference is used as 
an avenue for students to get 
out into the CIS field. It con- 

sists of a keynote speaker, 
workshops and sessions that 
help with interviewing for a 
job and a competition. 

NSU competed against 
larger schools such as the 
University of Michigan, Texas 
A&M and Purdue University, 
Pollacia said. 

Barbara Russell, AITP fac- 

ulty sponsor said, "Our stu- 
dents have been very strong 

Tracy Leeper, Senior CIS 
major and part of the Nation- 
al Championship team said 
she did practice problems 
with her partner, LaCarlos 
Williams, to prepare for the 
■ See CIS Team, page 2 

Homecoming court named 

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2004 Homecoming Queen Ashley Dunham crowns 2005 Homecoming Queen Britney Burns as Homecoming King Travis Eaglen watches. 
Check out the Life page for more Homecoming coverage. 

Math professor receives 
national teaching award 


By Lindsay Larcom 

Sauce Reporter 

Richard DeVault, associate 
professor of mathematics, 
received the Distinguished 
Teaching Award from the 
Mathematical Association of 
America, Louisiana-Missis- 
sippi section. 

Every year, 24 college and 
university professors nation- 
wide receive the Distin- 
guished Teaching Award. 

Stan Chadick, professor of 
mathematics, nominated 
DeVault based on his teach- 
ing abilities and his participa- 
tion in outside mathematical 

During the nomination 
process, Chadick wrote a let- 
ter to the MAA in support of 
DeVault and had the entire 
math department sign it. 
When the award was present- 
ed to DeVault at the MAA 
Louisiana-Mississippi region- 

al meeting in Gulfport, Miss., 
an MAA representative said it 
was the first time an entire 
department had supported 
the nomination of one of their 

DeVaulf s teaching abilities 
were also recognized by his 
students. Ladorian Latin, sen- 
ior mathematics major, said 
DeVault was a very dedicated 

"He is very energetic and 
knowledgeable," Latin said. 

"Dr. DeVault is always will- 
ing to help and explains 
everything thoroughly." 

DeVault said he dis- 
covered his love for teaching 
while working on his mas- 
ter's and doctorate degrees at 
the University of Rhode 
Island in Kingston. He said 
that he really loves working 
with people and being with 
the students. 
"I naturally took to teach- 
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Business students perform 
well in national competition 

By Jamie Webb 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU students really know their 

Walter Creighton, a business pro- 
fessor at NSU and an adviser for 
the NSU chapter of Business Pro- 
fessionals of America, said seven 
student members of the BPA placed 
in the top ten during the BPA 
National Leadership Conference in 
Anaheim, Calif, last April. 

Creighton said NSU students 
placed in five of the fourteen cate- 
gories they entered:, desk- 
top publishing, SQL server, data- 
base and advanced interview skills. 

Erin Ponville, a senior pursuing 

degrees in computer information 
systems and business administra- 
tion, won first place in Visual, a programming lan- 

This category consisted of a pro- 
gramming test for the Microsoft 
Visual software that 
drives many of Microsoft's prod- 
ucts, Creighton said. 

Ponville said, "I was given a 
problem statement and a list of cri- 
teria, and I had to code the solution 
and turn it in within one hour." 

Ponville said she is still debating 
where she wants to go after she 
graduates, but she knows she will 
pursue a career as a computer pro- 
grammer. She plans to eventually 

become a company manager. 

NSU alumnus James Marsh 
placed third in this category and 
fellow alumnus Adam Williams 
was a finalist. 

Tracy Leeper, a senior pursuing a 
double major in computer informa- 
tion systems and business adminis- 
tration, received second place in the 
desktop publishing competition. 

Students competing in this cate- 
gory produced a trifold flyer with 
pictures and text on the computer, 
Creighton said. 

Leeper said, "The whole compe- 
tition was based on a bed and 
breakfast. I had to create a breakfast 
menu, a three-page newspaper arti- 
cle and a flyer for the B&B. You had 

two hours and no guidelines. You 
were free to be as creative as you 
wanted. That was the hardest part, 
because you didn't know exactly 
what the judges were looking for." 

Leeper said she has been treasur- 
er of the BPA for two years. She will 
graduate in December and plans to 
work in Bloomington, HI. for the 
State Farm Headquarters as a sys- 
tems analyst. 

The SQL Server category consist- 
ed of a multiple-choice test on set- 
ting up languages that a computer 
network server uses. Alumnus 
James Marsh, senior business major 
LaCarlos Williams and senior busi- 
ness major Jeremy Neal were final- 
ists in this category. 

The database category consisted 
of a hands-on test that required stu- 
dents to set up a database, enter 
data and produce reports from 
data, Creighton said. Neal and 
Yang Liu, another NSU graduate, 
were both finalists. 

For the advanced interview skills 
category participants filled out 
applications, submitted resumes 
and then were interviewed by 
judges, Creighton said. LaCarlos 
Williams was a finalist for this cate- 

Students can participate in 42 
total categories during the competi- 
tion, but each student is limited to 
three categories, Creighton said. 

Creighton said the NSU BI 
chapter has 25 student membe 
and Julie McDonald, an associa 
professor of business at NSU, | 
another BPA adviser. 

Thirteen NSU students attende 
the conference along wij 
Creighton and McDonald. 

Students who placed first, se 
ond or third received plaque 
Creighton said. The top eight rarj 
ing students in the nation are co. 
sidered finalists and received ce 
tificates. Everyone gets a me<i 
that can be worn around the neck 

The conference is an annu 
event that is usually held in Ap 
or May, Leeper said. 


1st-Erin Ponville 

3rd-James Marsh 

Finalist-Adam Williams 

SQL Server: 

Finalist-James Marsh 

Finalist-LaCarlos Williams 

Finalist-Jeremy Neal 
Advanced Interview 


Finalist-Jeremy Neal 

Finalist-LaCarlos Williams Finalist- Yang Liu 
Desktop Publishing: 

2nd-Tracy Leeper 

Rita evacuees moved 

By Drew David 

Sauce Reporter 

Hurricane Rita evacuees who 
were staying in the Red Cross shel- 
ter at the Martin Luther King Jr. 
Center vacated the shelter on Oct. 


Frank Griffin, director of the 
Natchitoches Recreational Parks 
Department that owns the MLK 
Center, said the facility was in use 
for Rita evacuees following the 

Math Prof 

ing" DeVault said. "I felt at home 
as soon as I walked into the class- 

De Vault's list of university serv- 
ice is extensive. He serves as the 
director of JOVE, a scholarship and 
research program for students in 
the College of Science and Technol- 


ogy majoring in biology, chemistry, 
mathematics or physics. From 1997 
to 2000, DeVault was a member of 
CURIA, the committee responsible 
for evaluating and recommending 
funding for internal grants. 

In the spring of 1998 DeVault 
served on the University Planning 

Council, creating new ideas to 
improve student recruitment. 

DeVault was the mathematics 
representative for the Faculty Sen- 
ate from 1998 to 2001 and the math- 
ematics representative at high 
school recruiting days. Currently, 
DeVault serves as the faculty spon- 

sor for the student team competing 
at the Louisiana-Mississippi MAA 
section meeting. 

DeVault was recognized by NSU 
for outstanding research in 2001 
when he received the Mildred Hart 
Bailey Research Award. 

DeVault also writes and reviews 

mathematical journals and is the 
Chair of the Mathematics Section of 
the Louisiana Academy of Sciences. 
He is a member of the American 
Mathematical Society, Mathemati- 
cal Association of America, 
Louisiana Academy of Sciences 
and Phi Kappa Phi honor society. 

Richard DeVault lectures to a math class. DeVault recently received a national award for his teaching. 

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CIS Team 


Leeper said she credits her teach- 
ers for the success that the CIS 
team has had over the past five 

As the competition draws near, 
teachers offer extra lecture time in 
the afternoon to help students feel 
more confident about the competi- 
tion and to allow them to ask any 
last minute questions, Russell said. 

"The competition is pretty easy 
because our classes are very good 
preparation and the teachers are 

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very helpful," Leeper said. 

Because NSU's team has won the 
AITP National Championship so 
many years in a row, NSU was fea- 
tured in Business Weekly maga- 
zine as one of the top ten business 
schools that people do not know 
about, Leeper said. 

NSU's CIS program reached 
another milestone when the 
Louisiana State Legislature passed 
a resolution commending the pro- 

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NSU's Health and P.E. Majo. 
building on Oct. 1. 

Griffin said the MLK Cent 
housed approximately 280 eva 
uees from 

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shelter residents left because ares 
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NSU's Homecoming Week 2005 kicked off with all sorts of 
contests and activities and ended with the biggest win of the 
season. A stadium full of students, parents and alumni cheered 
a fired-up Demon football team to victory. The Spirit of 
Northwestern Demon Marching Band kept spirits high with an 
intense halftime show and fun stand tunes-all in all, making 
this year one of the most fun and exciting Homecomings ever. 

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The Crucible bewitches 
campus audiences 

SU Night 

acuity bring 

By Kelli Fontenot 

Sauce Reporter 

Puritan is the new black. 

The NSU theatre department is 
currently performing The Crucible, 
a play written by Arthur Miller, 
under direction of Scott Burrell. 

From the period costumes to the 
Unique and somewhat abstract 
approach to scenery, this produc- 
tion is mesmerizing from Act I until 
its dramatic conclusion. 

The play focuses on a man 
named John Proctor, his wife, Eliz- 
abeth Proctor, and their plight dur- 
ing the uproar of false witchcraft 
accusations which occurred during 
the 1600s. Just in time for Hal- 

loween, the play's eerie effects will 
envelop you and make you feel as 
though you are a part of the actions 

"Even today, we are afraid of the 
unknown," says director Scott Bur- 
rell. "Just like in Vie Crucible." 

Ford Hauser, a freshman theater 
major, says, "The hardest part 
about putting the show together 
was the rehearsal process; develop- 
ing the character." 

The cast should be proud of a job 
well done, because all of the char- 
acters are entirely convincing. 

Sophomore Monique Ayme, 
says, "I like the last scene between 
Proctor and his wife, Elizabeth, 

because thaf s when the emotion is 
really felt. That's the scene that says 
a lot about human nature." 

Each line in this production of 
The Crucible seems to be delivered 
with a thorough knowledge of its 
underlying intention (Hint: read 
the Dramaturge's Notes in the pro- 

This bone-chilling play is being 
performed in the A.A. Fredericks 
auditorium on the main stage. 
Admission is free to all students 
and $10 for nonstudents. Showings 
began Wednesday and will contin- 
ue until Saturday at 7:30 pm. 

The show is not recommended 
for ages 12 or younger. 

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Current Sauce 

Cast mem- 
bers rehearse 
a scene from 
The Crucible. 
The play will 
run through 
evening in 
the A.A. Fred- 
ericks Audito- 

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The Full 

heating up 

NSU athletics are revving up 
and this weekend they'll get 
sent into overdrive as the 
Demon football and soccer 
teams both put their unblem- 
ished conference records up 
against other league leaders 
who are also undefeated. 

Head coach Scott Stoker and 
his squad will be traveling over 
to San Marcos in hopes of con- 
tinuing their current four game 
winning streak over the Texas 
State Bobcats, who at No. 7 
hold their highest national rank 
in 30 years. 

This game should be one for 
the ages and the team that 
emerges victorious will defi- 
nitely be playing the rest of the 
season with a huge X on their 

Although the Demons were 
picked to win the SLC by the 
coaches, Texas State was picked 
to finish second and is statisti- 
cally much better than the 
Demons in almost all facets of 
the game. 

But everyone knows that 
football games aren't played on 

The winner of this bout will 
be decided on the AstroPlay 
surface of Bobcat Stadium in 
front of 15,000 plus fans, a place 
where all statistics will be 
thrown out. 

It will be a huge step for the 
Demons in repeating their suc- 
cess from last season if they can 
win this one. 

The rest of the schedule 
should be very favorable for 
NSU with just three conference 
games remaining against 
Nicholls State and Stephen F. 
Austin, both at home, sand- 
wiched around a Nov. 12 road 
trip to take on rival McNeese 

Oct. 29 the Demons host non- 
conference opponent Northeast- 
ern at Turpin Stadium. 

The Demon soccer team will 
also be traveling to Texas this 
weekend for a match-up of 
league leaders Friday night 
when they take on Stephen F. 

Both teams are 4-0 in the SLC 
with only three games left. 

NSU plays away Sunday also 
at Sam Houston and finally 
returns home, where they are 5- 
to play McNeese for their last 
game of the season before the 
conference tournament which 
begins Nov. 3. 

And get this, the SLC Tourna- 
ment has recentiy been moved 
to the Demon Soccer Complex 
due to problems that arose after 
the hurricanes. 

Speaking of Demon Athletics 
heating up, it's almost that time 
to get indoors, no not to cool 
off, but to check out the men's 
and women's basketball teams. 

For the Lady Demons, their 
only two returning starters, sen- 
ior point guard Sheronda Bell 
and junior guard Chassidy 
Jones, were both named to the 
Preseason All-SLC team, while 
they try to build on last year's 
accomplishments and contend 
for a conference title in Jennifer 
Graf's second season as head 

Predicted to do more than 
contend, coach Mike 
McConathy and his Demons 
have been picked as heavy 
favorites to defend their 2004- 
2005 SLC title returning all five 
starters and 12-of-14 letter- 
winners from last year's squad. 

I'm sure Prather will be 
packed with it's usual punks 
when the Demons tip-off the 
season Nov. 13 against Hender- 
son State. 

With a starting lineup consist- 
ing of Clifton Lee, Byron Allen, 
Tyronn Mitchell and the Jer- 
maines, Wallace and Spencer 
and a deep bench it will tough 
for another team to knock off 
this year's Demons. 

Look for previews of both 
teams in upcoming editions of 
The Current Sauce. 

Demons win big 

By Justin Hebert 

Sports Editor 

The NSU Demon's football team 
won their first home game of the 
season and jumped out to a 2-0 
start in Southland Conference 
action with their 31-10 homecom- 
ing win over Southeastern Satur- 
day. But there is not much time for 
celebrating because the Demons (3- 
2 overall) have another tough test 
in their sights as they head to San 
Marcos, Texas this weekend to take 
on the No.7 Bobcats of Texas State 
(5-1 overall, 1-0 in SLC.) 

NSU sophomore and SLC Offen- 
sive Player of the Week Anthony 
Holmes racked up 131 of the 
Demons 221 rushing yards on 18 
carries and a touchdown as the 
Demons got their running game 
moving again against the Lions. 

Holmes, actually listed as NSU's 
third string tailback, had his first 
career 100-yard performance back- 
ing up sophomore A.J. Franklin 
who was filling in for an injured 
Shelton Sampson. 

Holmes became the first NSU 
tailback to rush for over 100 yards 
this season, a feat that was reached 
in the first game last year. 

"I expected to play Saturday but 
being the third-string tailback I was 
surprised that I got that many car- 
ries," Holmes said. "I never really 
had a chance to get that many car- 
ries to show I can produce. Ifs a 
tremendous honor to get player of 
the week because we've got two 
outstanding backs in front of me. I 
can't explain how thankful I am. I 
give a lot of thanks to the offensive 

Sampson, a senior who has been 
held out of the last two games with 
a bruised shoulder, will suit up for 
the Demons this weekend, but 
Holmes will get the starting nod 
after his performance Saturday. 

Meanwhile the Purple Swarm 
defense stood strong again for the 
second week in a row, only allow- 
ing Southeastern, who came into 

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Sophomore tailback Anthony Holmes takes a glance back as he runs past a 
Southeastern defender while tight end Brent Smith trails looking to pick up a 
block in the Demon's 31-10 win over the Lions Saturday. 

the game averaging 336 yards, to 
228 yards of total offense and only 
26 on the ground. 

Safeties Bruce Woods and Russ 
Washington both played a big part 
in the Demons victory. Woods, a 
senior out of Baton Rouge, led the 
defense with nine tackles and one 
of their four sacks. 

NSU freshman kicker Robert 
Weeks converted on a 23-yard field 
goal to put his team up 3-0 in the 
first quarter. 

On SLU's subsequent drive, 
Washington, a junior out of Lamar- 
que, Texas, intercepted Trey 
Willie's pass and return it 66 yards 
to put the Demons up by nine. 

Despite the Lions converting on 

a 42-yard field goal and a 12-yard 
touchdown pass from Willie to 
Lanaux to put them up 10-9 with 12 
minutes remaining in the half, NSU 
was able to retake the lead before 

Senior quarterback Davon Vin- 
son marched his team 80 yards 
down the field connecting with 
tight end Brent Smith for a one 
yard touchdown pass to cap a 9:24- 
long drive, followed by a two-point 
conversion pass to Derrick Doyle 
to go ahead for good 17-10. 

After a bad snap on their next 
punt, SLU punter Jim Hall was 
forced to jump on the ball and the 
Demons took over on offense on 
their own five yard line with two 

minutes left in the half. 

Vinson hit freshman tight end 
Keadrin Seastrunk on another 1- 
yard touchdown pass to make it 
24-10 at the half. The only score of 
the second half came on Holmes' 1- 
yard touchdown run. 

Vinson hit on 10 of hisl6 passes 
for 109 yards and the two touch- 
down scores. He also gained 43 
yards on 11 rushes and completed 
his second straight game without a 

"He needs our help," Holmes 
said. "It showed that he plays bet- 
ter when we've got a back that pro- 
duces, we haven't really had that 
yet this year." 

Saturday will likely be a dogfight 
between teams picked to finish first 
and second in the SLC and the 
winner will emerge as front-runner 
of the conference. The Demons will 
have to build on their success from 
the last two weeks if they hope to 
defeat the SLC's top ranked scoring 
offense and defense at Bobcat Sta- 

In the last meeting between these 
two teams, NSU completely domi- 
nated Texas State 44-7 at Turpin 
Stadium, but the Bobcats are 
returning 19 starters from last 
year's team. TSU also beat South- 
eastern earlier this season 31-15 in 
their conference opener. 

"Whoever has the best running 
game Saturday is going to win," 
Holmes said. "It's two good 
defenses and the top two teams in 
the conference, whoever can run 
the ball and control the game clock 
will win the game." 

For the Demons to leave San 
Marcos happy, the Purple Swarm 
defense will have to control the 1-2 
punch of senior quarterback Bar- 
rick Nealy and running back Dou- 
glas Sherman who lead a Bobcat 
offense that is averaging just over 
420 yards and 40 points a game. 

NSU returns home Saturday, 
October 29 as they take a break 
from Southland play to host North- 
eastern at noon. 

SFA and NSU to decide who's No. 1 

By Justin Hebert 

Sports Editor 

In a tie for first place in the 
Southland Conference, NSU (9-4-1) 
and Stephen F. Austin (11-3) are 
both 4-0 in league play until they 
square off Friday night in Nacog- 
doches, Texas, at 7 p.m. 

After Friday there will only be 
one No. 1 team with just three 
games remaining in the regular 
season for both teams before the 
Southland Conference Tournament 
kicks off Nov. 3. 

"Every games just as important 
and a loss in this game would be 
just like a loss last Friday," Demon 
head coach Jimmy Mitchell said. 
"But if we can get a win I believe it 
gives us a little separation. The 
winner will have the advantage of 
just having to win one out of the 
last two to be the No. 1 seed in the 

The Demons are corning off of a 
4-2 win over Texas State Friday 
night at the Demon Soccer Com- 
plex where they are undefeated so 
far this season. 

"Any conference win is a big 
win, but if s good because they are 
always a top team in conference 
and will be this year, too," Mitchell 
said. "We're just excited to get 
through that game with a win." 

NSU got the performance 
they have grown accustomed to 
from their top two scorers, junior 
Julie Zavala, who finished with 
two goals on four shots, and soph- 
omore Erin Hebert, who added a 
goal and an assist. Freshman mid- 
fielder Hannah Casey scored her 
first career goal in the game to start 
off the Demon's scoring. 

"They're very fast and we have a 
lot of speed when they're on the 
field," Mitchell said of his two 
leading scorers Zavala and Hebert. 
"The more they play together 
they've really started to compli- 
ment each other. Thaf s important 
for our guards and the last couple 
weeks they have known where 
each other was on the field, like 
having a sixth sense." 

This week Zavala was named 
the Southland Conference Offen- 
sive Player of the Week, and senior 
defender Raquel Flores garnered 
Defensive Player of the Week hon- 
ors for their efforts in Friday's 

Zavala pushed her goal total to 
10 for the season, second best in the 
SLC behind SFA's Amanda Alders 
who leads with 12. Meanwhile 
Hores helped the Demon's defense 
hold Texas State to only seven 
shots with only two coming in the 
second half. 

The Ladyjacks of SFA topped 
Centenary 1-0 Sunday and in 
league play trounced Sam Houston 
State Friday night 6-1. NSU also 
played at Centenary earlier this 
season on Sept. 7 and came out on 
the winning end of a 2-1 game. 

SFA is coming into Friday's 
game averaging 2.6 goals per game 
while attempting a little over 20 
shots per game and are giving up 
less than one goal a game. The 
Demons are scoring 3.5 goals on 
17.7 shots per contest. 

Their defense has also been stag- 
gering giving up a little more than 
a goal a game. 

"I think we'll play well," 
Mitchell said. "We've been playing 
with a lot of confidence. 

After SFA, the Demons will trav- 
el to Huntsville Sunday to take on 
Sam Houston State (2-10 overall, 2- 
2 in SLC) at 1 p.m. NSU will host 
McNeese State (3-7-1, 0-1-1) at 7 
p.m. Friday for their last regular 
season game before they start get- 
ting ready for the conference tour- 
ney which will be played under the 
lights of the Demon Soccer Com- 

"Sunday's just as big of a game 
as Friday," Mitchell said. "If we 
win or lose Friday we have to 
guard against a let down in our last 
two games." 

NSU Crew takes home two trophies 

By Justin Hebert 

Sports Editor 

The NSU Crew collected 10 
medals out of their 12 entries, taking 

the men's and women's team tro- 
phies at the 3rd Annual Head of the 

Brazos Regatta Saturday, October 
8 in Waco, Texas. 

At the 4000-meter official crew 
race NSU won both overall points 

competitions for the first time in 
school history upping their medal 

count by capturing five gold, four 
silver and one bronze medal. 

"It's the first time in NSU history," 
Crew assistant coach Jason 

Stelly said. "We have a pretty solid 
men's team consistently. The 

women's team has always kind of 

struggled but this year we finally 

have that foundation needed to 
win a team trophy." 

Also racing at the Head of the Bra- 
zos were Wichita State, Baylor, SMU, 
Oklahoma State, Rice, the Cam- 
bridge School of Dallas, Texas Row- 

Center, Ft. Worth Rowing Club, 
Austin Rowing Club, Highland Park 

Rowing Club of the Woodlands 
and Dallas Rowing Club. 

In men's action NSU accumulated 
415 out of the 855 total points 

awarded almost doubling second 
place Baylor's 210 points. 

NSU entered two separate boats in 
the Men's Novice 4+ race, finishing 

1-2, cruising into the finish over a 
minute before third place SMU, 

and getting a total of 120 points. 

"In my five years I've only seen it 
done once, at this same race two 

years ago," Stelly said. "That's very 

In other men's action NSU 
squeaked past Wichita State by a 
mere seven 

seconds taking first place of the 
Men's Open 4+ race and claimed first 

in the Men's Novice 8+, 26 seconds 
ahead of Baylor. 

NSU's only men's finish that was 
not awarded with a gold medal came 

the Men's Open 8+ when they 
came in two seconds behind Wichita 

State, the closest finish of the day. 

While it was the second team tro- 
phy for the men in three years, the 

women of the NSU Crew acquired 

their first ever while totaling 250 of 

the 625 possible points. 

NSU's women won gold in the 
Novice 4+ by 28 seconds, silver in the 

Open 4+, and despite strong 
efforts in the Open 8+ took the only 

bronze for NSU finishing behind 
the Austin Rowing Club and Wichita 


It's real exciting that they won 
because before our women's team 

never was that competitive," Stelly 
said. "They've never been in 

contention. They were never even 
in the top three of winning a points 


NSU Crew's next race is the 
Marathon Rowing Championship, 
which is 

held in Natchitoches on Novem- 
ber 12. 

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Lady Demons 
drop three at ULM 

NSU's late season slide contj 
ued Tuesday night after the Lai 
Demons fell 3-0 (30-27, 30-27, A 
25) to Louisiana-Monroe. 

The loss was the sixth straid 
for NSU, falling to 5-13 oven 
and 3-7 while ULM improved j 
8-12 and 3-7. The loss was alt 
the second consecutive shutoi 
defeat the Lady Demons hai 

The Lady Demons held 
seven-point lead in the first gan 
and a five-point lead in the se 
ond before ULM mounted rallie 
to take the first two games tThe CUB 
identical 30-27 scores. CAMPUS C 

The Lady Indians breeze planning 
through the third game, rolliq 
up a 22-14 lead before comple Bring Cor> 
ing a 30-25 win for the match, to thecui 

Juliana Abreu led NSU with 1 name a nc 
kills while Isabela Duarte recon refuse an' 
ed a team-high 11 digs. 

NSU returns to action Frida 
when they travel to play Lam 
followed by a Saturday afte§tlldei 
noon match at McNeese State. ^ g 

Slamboree slated s«°"" A " 
for Oct. 27 ™<Z 

The NSU Demon and Lad entry. Stud 
Demon basketball teams will t p r j zes Q f , 
holding their annual Slambore second anc 
Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Prathf 
Coliseum. The dead 

The doors of Prather will tl should be < 
opened for shooting free thro\< p Qr more 
from 6-6:20 p.m. followed by j or a f S gj r |@ 
inter-squad scrimmage by a 
Lady Demons. 

The Slamboree will ak- 

include a slam-dunk contest ft"' 9 US 

students who have signed i The Argu: 

prior to the event. Studen entries for 

interested in taking part in fi _ . g 

contest should contact Tenil » „ _ . „ 
_ , , , , . non, art ar 
Fogel at or 

357-4278. Submissk 
After the slam-dunk contd dropped of 
the Demon basketball team wi students 
conduct an inter-squad scruT-r ne submii 
mage and afterward both baskt 
ball teams will be .introduced Prizes of 

second anc 

For more 


.wear comf 

The class 
6:30 to 8 | 

For more 

NSU's Sti 
"led to ho: 

The Demon Cheerleaders, V 
the Demon and the Prath 
Punks will also be presented. 

Special Activities 
planned for NSU 
game Oct. 29 

3 , , The SGA 

The NSU athletic departmet ue f ense se 

has named the Demon footbal 
team's Oct. 29 home gaifl The cour: 
against the Northeaster choke hold 
Huskies, which begins at noofQies. 
the Faculty /Staff and Natch Th e even 
toches Parish School Game. 

Events for the faculty /s 
departments will include p: 
for the department that sells 
most tickets to the game. H 
for the game will be $5 for NSL/™ j.™ re 
faculty and staff that purchd e btuaer 
theirs the day before the game. 

Each department will also de 
ignate a member to compete i SlFE t 
the "Demon Quarterback Col 
nection." A preliminary conta 
will begin at 10 a.m. in the taj 
gating area, and the finalists vf» A resume 
compete at halftime. The wsfrom noon 
ning department will receive second sei 
luncheon provided by the athld p.m. in th< 
ic department. 

Also, any faculty and stt btudents 
members who bring their sigrtf 
football card from the NSU facn 
ty/staff luncheon may subrfFuri R 
that card at the game will be el 
gible for a $100 drawing whi<L r " shlrts 1 
will take place in the secodj 0mecom 
quarter. Cards will be collect? 
on the West Side-North entrant Students 
prior to the game and up ufltfree of chc 
the end of the first quarter. 

For the Natchitoches Pari^ 
schools the NSU will have a c<j#s 
oring and a writing contest j^ampi 
which the winners will be seled Due to tl 
ed prior to the game and calMpiex, the f 
out onto the field. I effect Wee 

Grades 1-3 will participate in] 
coloring contest in which tre The p. 
will be given a color she^ rti on of 
designed by NSU senior aT 16 exit w 
major Alex Nieto. 2. A left- 

Students in grades 4-6 will t light-turn 
provided a question to whio 
they will respond in an essay. Traffic 

For all Natchitoches Pari? 4 
students in grades 1-8, the pri'commuter 
of tickets will be reduced to S5 'Human Pe 
purchased before the game. the Tarltor 

6 The Current Sauce 

Serving Northwestern State University since 1Q14 

NCHEMS makes 
return visit to NSU 

October 27, 2005 

Volume 91 • Issue 4 

First copies free to NSU students and staff 
50 cents per copy otherwise 

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urday a te student art show scheduled 

GCSG St cite 

' The NSU Photography Club is accepting entries for its 
Slated Seconci Annua ' Photography Show. 

Entry forms are available in room 207-A of the Creative 
and Performing Arts Building. There is a $3 fee for each 
n and Lad entry. Students may submit up to five photographs. 

ITsf PriZ6S 0f $75 ' $5 ° and * 25 Wi " be awarded t0 the fl|St » 

am °. R second and third place winners, respectively, 
m. at Prathf 

The deadline for entries is Nov. 29. All submissions 
ither will t should be submitted in a ready-to-hang format. 

> free throij For more information, contact Andee Savoy at 354-9539 
lowed bya or 
iage by th 

k contestt Argus accepting submissions 

; signed u The Argus, NSU's art and literary magazine, is accepting 
t. Student entries for its 2006 edition 
; part 

The Current Sauce welcomes submissions for 
Campus Connections, a free service to organizations 
planning events that will be open to NSU students. 

Bring Connections to Kyser 225G, or e-mail them 
to Please include a 
name and telephone number. We reserve the right to 
refuse any Connection. 

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This year's categories are poetry, fiction, creative nonfic- 

,tion, art and photography. or I 

Submissions should be e-mailed to or 
tunk contejdropped off in room 318 of Kyser Hall. 

all team wi students may submit up to three works in each category, 
quad scri0T ne submission deadline is Dec. 9. 
both baskt 

.introduce! Prizes of $100, $50 and $25 will be awarded to the first, 
■leaders, V se cond and third place winners in each category. 

the Prath For more information, contact Monica Gremillion at 357- 
resented. 5575. 


Self-defense class offered 

The event is open to all students. Participants should 
wear comfortable clothing. 

The SGA Academic Affairs Committee will host a self- 
departmeii defense semjnar Wednesday, 
non footbi 

lome gam The course will include instruction on basic kick boxing, 
•Jortheastei choke holds, throwing techniques and self-defense strate- 
;ins at noof9ies. 
and Natclj 
I Game, 
faculty /stil' 

iclude pria The class will take place in the Student Union lobby from 
that sells til 6; 30 to 8 p.m. 

5 $5 for NS For more in f° rmation ' visit the SGA office in room 222 of 

" . ^ujthe Student Union. 

\at purchas 

; the game, 
will also dej 

» compete! SI FE to provide job seminars 

™ h, Nsu ' s Students in Free Enterprise organization is sched- 
mary conte . .. v 

\ in the J seminars for students. 

finalists vt A resume' writing seminar will take place on Monday 

The wJfrom noon to 12:50 p.m. in room 107 of Russell Hall. The 
ill receive! second seminar will be held on Nov. 9 from noon to 12:50 
oy the athla P.m. in the same room. 

y and stt! Students al1 majors are invited to attend. 

; their sign* 


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T-shirts are available for those who participated in the 
Homecoming Fun Run at the Intramural Office in the 

Students who participated in the run can pick up a shirt 
free of charge by showing their NSU ID card. 

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which th' 
color shi 

Campus roads, parking lot change 

Due to the construcion of the new residence hall com- 
plex, the following road and parking lot changes went into 
e ffect Wednesday: 

1. The parking lot entrance at The Columns Apartments 
Section of Tarlton Drive will be used as an entrance only; 
toe exit will be near the new residence hall. 

2. A left-turn lane will provide access to Tarlton Drive;a 
'jfight-turn lane will provide access to the inner campus. 

•s 4-6 will I 
>n to whid 

an essay, j 3. Traffic in the parking lot will be one way. 

fz\u ? i 4 ' Tne P arkin 9 lot wi " be restricted to faculty/staff and 

a P"i c ommuter students; faculty will park near the Health and 
luced to $5 Human Performances Building and students will park on 
e game. th e Tarlton Drive side of the lot. 

By Raymond Billy Jr. 

Sauce Reporter 

The National Center for 
Higher Education Manage- 
ment Systems, a consulting 
firm specializing in the 
improvement of colleges and 
universities, revisited NSU 
for a two-day visit on Oct. 12 
and 13. 

The organization highlight- 
ed several issues facing the 
university and offered recom- 
mendations on how the 
school could address those 
challenges in a 26-page report 
that was released last January. 

NCHEMS representatives 
returned to evaluate the level 
of progress that NSU admin- 
istrators have made over the 
last ten months and will sub- 
mit their findings to President 
of the University of Louisiana 
System Sally Clausen around 

Thomas Hanson, vice pres- 

ident for academic affairs and 
provost, said he is pleased 
with the school's progress. 

"On a scale of one to four I 
would give us a four. I think 
we are doing an outstanding 
job and were all doing it 
together," Hanson said. 

Several leaders from 
around the campus expressed 
satisfaction with the universi- 
ties response to the reports, 
particularly regarding the 
issue of campus wide com- 

Several school officials said 
that they believe that people 
from a cross-section of the 
campus community are being 
included on important deci- 
sion-making discussions. 

The university has imple- 
mented forums known as 
Coffee Calls that allow people 
from around the university to 
meet with people at many 
levels of campus leadership 
to express their views and 

"We instituted (Coffee 
Calls) this fall as part of an 
opportunity to allow the pres- 
ident to communicate on a 
regular basis with everybody 
in the institution, to bring 
them up to date on the signif- 
icant accomplishments that 
we have had at the university 
over the past year, and there 
are many," Hanson said. 

The NCHEMS report also 
noted that deans needed to be 
more informed on financial 
matters. Stephen Elliot, acting 
dean of the college of busi- 
ness, said this issue is being 

"The Vice President (for 
Business Affairs Carl Jones) 
has initiated more discussion 
about how we can reduce 
costs and given guidelines on 
how to spend money," Elliot 

The report also stressed the 
importance of finding a major 
selling point for the universi- 
ty. The NCHEMS report sug- 

gested, and campus leaders 
agree, that NSU's distance 
learning program is an obvi- 
ous area of excellence that 
distinguishes the school from 
others in the state. 

Director of Electronic & 
Continuing Education Dar- 
lene Williams said NSU is 
working to bring the distance 
learning program to the next 

"We have faculty and staff 
who are dedicated to making 
this program as successful as 
it can be. I think there is great 
potential in Northwestern in 
the area of distance educa- 
tion," Williams said. "We 
work daily to utilize the exist- 
ing resources that we have 
while seeking alternate fund- 
ing sources through grants 
and other types of things to 
help grow the program. I 
believe that. . . there is poten- 
tial in utilizing that particular 
niche to promote Northwest- 
ern both in state and out of 


Another avenue that 
NCHEMS explored was the 
possibility of using the dis- 
tance learning program to 
address the problem of adult 
illiteracy in the state. Williams 
said it is unclear what role 
NSU will play in this area. 

"We have been meeting 
since the spring and are 
working towards the devel- 
opment of a plan that will 
address some of the areas 
identified by the adult educa- 
tion task force, which was 
established by the governor. 
In doing that, literacy is one 
of those areas that will be 
addressed. What role North- 
western will have in address- 
ing this issue is yet to be 
determined," Williams said. 

Williams and Hanson 
agreed that NSU's response 
to the NCHEMS report has 
yielded positive results. 

scheduled to 
speak at NSU 

By Kera Simon 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU is scheduled to have 
distinguished journalist 
Ralph Lowenstein speak to 
students as part of the News- 
makers and Shakers Forum. 

Lowenstein is an award- 
winning journalist and the 
former dean of the College of 
Journalism and Communica- 
tion at the University of 

"He is a pioneer in the 
technology development in 
the school of journalism," 
said John Merrill, journalism 
endowed chair. 

Lowenstein is giving three 
lectures on Friday in the Ora 

Williams TV Studio in Kyser 
Hall. His main discussion, 
titled "Love, Sex, Newspa- 
pers and Computers," is at 9 
a.m. His other lectures are 
"10 Things Communication 
Students Never Learn in 
Coursework" held at 10 a.m. 
and "If I Could Change J- 
school Curricula" at 11 a.m. 

Head of Broadcast Journal- 
ism Mary Brocato said, "Dr. 
Lowenstein is the best man to 
teach students about love, 
sex, newspapers and com- 

Lowenstein has two 
degrees from Columbia Uni- 
versity and a Ph.D. from the 
University of Missouri. He 
has written or co-authored 
five books and is a consultant 
for the John S. and James L. 
Knight Foundation in Miami. 
Lowenstein has also served 
as president of the National 
Journalism Educators Asso- 

Paula Furr, head of jour- 
nalism, said Lowenstein is an 
accomplished journalist and 

"He is well known and 
respected in the journalism 
world," Furr said. 

White Sox win World Series 

Courtesy KRT Campus 

The Chicago White Sox celebrate winning the 2005 World Series championship, defeating the Houston 
Astros, 1-0, in Game 4 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, Wednesday night. 

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Last week The 
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identified NSU's 
2005 Homecoming 
Queen as Britney 
Burns; her name is 
actually Britney 
Burton. We apolo- 
gize for the error. 



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NSU hosts Renaissance 
scholars' consortium 

Starting this 
Friday at 

By Danny Jackson 

Copy Editor 

The Louisiana Consortium of 
Medieval and Renaissance Scholars 
conducted their third annual aca- 
demic conference Friday and Satur- 
day in Morrison Hall. 

After presenting a paper at last 
year's conference in Hammond, 
La., Louisiana Scholars' College 
Professor of Classics Jean D'Amato 
proposed that NSU host this year's 

With the help of Scholars' Col- 
lege Professor of Language Lisa 
Wolffe, Professor of Language and 
Communication Helaine Razovsky, 
Assistant Professor of Social Sci- 
ences Kent Hare and Scholars' Col- 
lege Assistant Professor of Philoso- 
phy Rondo Keele, D'Amato organ- 
ized the event, which included a 
reception and a presentation of 
papers related to the Renaissance 
and Medieval periods. 

"This was an endeavor that 
brought together people from vari- 
ous universities of Louisiana and 
the surrounding areas and even 
from as far off as California. So it 
brought people together in that 

Courtesy Kent Hare 

Susan Leonard performs at The Louisiana Consortium of Medieval and Renais- 
sance Scholars reception in the Hanchey Gallery Friday night. 

sense, but it also brought together 
people from the different compo- 
nents of the university itself. It was 

really a collaborative commit- 
ment," D'Amato said. 
The event began at 6 p.m. Friday 

with an exhibition of 16th and 17th 
century engravings of sites in 
southern Italy from D'Amato's per- 
sonal collection as well as a per- 
formance by harpist Susan 

Saturday's events began at 8 a.m. 
with a welcome from Donald Hat- 
ley, dean of the college of liberal 
arts. This was followed by presen- 
tations by LSU's Curator of Special 
Collections Elaine Smyth and Pro- 
fessor of English Malcolm Richard- 

The rest of the day was divided 
into three sessions of presentations 
by faculty members from various 
universities. An NSU or Scholars' 
College faculty member served as 
chairman for each session. 

The event gave the presenters an 
opportunity to discuss topics they 
may not have an opportunity to 
talk about in a typical classroom 

Wolffe said, "I teach mainly what 
is necessary for students, and I usu- 
ally teach lower level classes. But 
my interests are more in 16th centu- 
ry France, so the papers give me the 
opportunity to present the things 
that I am interested in to people 

who may also be interested in the 
same areas." 

D'Amato said the conference 
provided a platform for the univer- 
sity to perform its basic functions. 

"People tend to forget that a uni- 
versity has a double commitment. 
It's up to any university to boast the 
creation as well as the dissemina- 
tion of knowledge," D'Amato said. 
"The creation of knowledge 
involves individuals, be it profes- 
sors or students - we're trying to 
get students involved in this, very 
much - adding to knowledge, cre- 
ating and adding to knowledge, 
which feeds into what this confer- 
ence is trying to do." 

Dave May, senior history major, 
attended the conference and said 
he expects more student involve- 
ment as the event grows and 
becomes better known. 

"People just need to know about 
it. . . I was enticed to come for extra 
credit, but I'm glad I came. It seems 
like classroom lectures are very 
general, and everything that I've 
heard here has been a lot more spe- 
cific. That makes it more interest- 
ing," May said. 

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project postponed 

By Lindsay Larcom 

Sauce Reporter 

Proposed renovations for Wat- 
son Library have been postponed 
due to a statewide spending freeze 
brought on by Hurricanes Katrina 
and Rita. 

The renovation plans include 
laying new carpet in the third floor 

reference room, installing new 
lights on the first and second floors 
and stripping the wallpaper and 
painting the walls around the first 
floor elevators. 

Director of Libraries Fleming 
Thomas said the renovations have 
been postponed indefinitely until 
the university is able to allocate the 
necessary funds. 

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Goblins & Greeks 

ay NSU hosts safe Halloween for area children 

By Lela Coker 

Sauce Reporter 

Breaking out the Halloween cos- 
tumes, masks and make-up was 
part of getting ready for the 13th 
annual Order of Omega Halloween 
Carnival yesterday at Prather Cole- 

The carnival gave Greek students 
and chance to give back to the com- 

"All Greek organizations were 
founded on community service/' 
Carla Cook a member of Delta 
Sigma Theta said. "When you join a 
Greek organization you know it's 
going to be giving back and work- 
ing with people." 

The carnival gave children a safe 
alternative to trick or treating. 
Organizations set up different 
games for children to play and earn 
candy and prizes. 

Games and activities included a 
space walk, fortune telling, cake- 
walk, beanbag toss, ring toss, pin 
the nose of the pumpkin and a cos- 
tume contest. 

Approximately 1 children and 
their parents si wed up between 
4-7 p.m. 

"It's cool that we got to do some- 
thing for the kids," JC Caruso, a 
member of Tau Kappa Epsilon 
says. "It seems like the parents get 
more involved when they come 

Harvey Briggs/the Current Sauce 

Junior biology major Tesha Daigre, paints faces during the 13th annual Order of Omega Halloween Carnival 

"Kids can expect to enjoy them- 
selves in a safe and fun atmos- 
phere," Ziegler says. 

Canned food items were 
redeemed at the door for tickets 
that could be used to play the 
games at the carnival. Each can was 
worth two tickets and 10 cans 
allowed a child to have unlimited 
access to the games. The cans went 

to the Natchitoches food bank. 

"The carnival gives back in two 
ways," Kendall Garner, a member 
of Phi Mu says. "It gives the kids a 
positive environment and helps the 
students of Northwestern get to 
know the community. The canned 
food drive gives the community a 
chance to help those less fortunate 
during Thanksgiving." 

Getting involved with a project 
like the Halloween carnival allows 
members of the Greek system to set 
themselves apart from stereotypes. 

"It shows we can work together 
and we aren't just here to have fun, 
but to help out because that's what 
we are here for," Lauren Breaux, a 
member of Alpha Omicron Pi says. 

All-girl cheerleaders really 'raise spirits' 

By Kindra Watson 

Sauce Reporter 

When it comes to firing up a 
crowd, these girls really 'bring it.' 

The all-girls cheerleading squad 
is a brand new spirit group that 
came to campus this semester. 

"Not a lot of people at the foot- 
ball games realized who we were. 
Nobody knew who we were, they 
thought we were just a pep squad," 
Captain Skye Broussard, a senior 
journalism major, said. 

Broussard said the all-girls squad 
allows girls who never cheered on 
a co-ed squad the opportunity to 
cheer for NSU. She also said the all- 
girls cheer squad are like an addi- 
tion to the co-ed squad and there is 
no competition between the two 
cheer squads. 

"Most of these girls don't stunt 
with boys, so this way it gives more 
girls a better chance to become a 
cheerleader for their college," 
Broussard said. "This is the best 
way for girls who never stunt with 
boys to showcase their talent and 
do what they love to do." 

Jade Fobbs a freshman fashion 
merchandising major from 
Longview, Texas said, "Our team is 
probably a little more challenging 
because we don't have guys so we 
have to be a little stronger and we 
have to rely on each other." 

The all-girls squad do cheer at all 
home football games, basketball 
games, volleyball games and soccer 

Broussard said, "Our next per- 
formances will be at the basketball 

game, the slamboree next week, the 
volleyball game next week and the 
football game. So that is Thursday, 
Friday and Saturday," 

"We do a lot of performances. We 
do almost everything that the co-ed 
does except go to the away games 
because the school doesn't have 
enough money to send us," Brous- 
sard said. 

Made up of 16 girls, one senior, 
two sophomores and 13 freshmen 
the all-girls cheer squad is com- 
prised of girls from all over 
Louisiana and parts of Texas. 

The first tryouts were this past 
summer when 10 girls were picked 
Six more girls were chosen once 
this semester started due to the low 
turnout at the first tryouts. Brous- 
sard said she hopes and encourages 
more girls come to tryouts for the 
squad next year. 

"It's a wide variety of people 
from a lot of different places. We 
have a lot of characters on the 
squad," Fobbs said. 

"We get along really well and it's 
a lot of fun. Our first game was fun. 
It was kind of a new experience for 
everybody because we were still 
kind of learning," says freshman 
psychology major Stephanie Far- 

Broussard said the best part 
about the all-girls squad is she 
finally gets a chance to cheer in col- 
lege because she never cheered 
with boys before. 

Fobbs said, "We have a lot of fun. 
We basically do the exact same 
thing as the co-ed squad; we cheer 
for the team, make sure that we are 
there for events." 

The all-girls cheer squad will not 

Harvey Briggs/the Current Sauce 

The new all-girls cheerleading squad practices one of their stunts on Wednesday. 

be in any competitions this semes- 
ter. Broussard said because the 
squad is new they want to first get 
their foundation better. 

"All the girls are really excited 
about the squad and they enjoy 
showing their talent and support- 
ing NSU," Broussard said. 

Keep the doctor away the easy way 

By Mary Beth Breckenridge 

KRT Campus 

The upcoming cold and flu sea- 
son is a good time for a reminder 
about the importance of washing 

Here are some facts and recom- 
mendations from the Centers for 
Disease Control and the Clean 
Hands Coalition: 

Why you should wash: 

Cleaning hands is the most 
important thing you can do to keep 
from getting sick or spreading ill- 
ness. Frequent washing removes 
germs you've picked up from other 
people, from contaminated sur- 

faces or from animals and animal 
waste. Those germs can infect you 
if you touch your eyes, mouth or 

Illness as common as the cold 
and as serious as hepatitis A and 
meningitis can be prevented by 

When to wash: 

Often-probably more often than 
you do now. Hand-washing is 
especially important before, during 
and after you prepare food, before 
you eat, after you use the toilet, 
after handling animals or animal 
waste, and when your hands are 
dirty. You should wash your hands 
even more frequently when some- 

one in your home is sick. 

How to wash: 

Wet your hands and apply soap. 
Rub your hands vigorously togeth- 
er and scrub all surfaces. Continue 
for 10 to 15 seconds, or about the 
time it takes to sing "Twinkle, 
Twinkle, Little Star" or "Happy 
Birthday." Rinse well and dry your 

Although the idea might sound 
silly, it is important to make sure 
that you have thoroughly washed 
and rinsed your hands 

For more information on ways 
to prevent spreading germs visit 
or or cleanhandscoali- 

As students of NSU and residents of a small 
town like Natchitoches, we are forced to find 
new places to relax and unwind. This week, the 
Sauce has chosen five favorite local hangouts 
that are sure to tickle any student's fancy. 

From top to bottom: PJ's Coffee House has always served as a 'hot spot' 
because it offers an assortment of hot and cold beverages and snacks as well as 
wireless internet; the Cane River front makes the 'hot spot' list because it is a 
quiet place to relax and 'recharge;' Natchitoches' newest home-cookin' restaurant 
The Chuckwagon offers homemade hot plate lunches. This place is sure to help 
any student forget about being homesick; The Pioneer Pub has been a great col- 
lege hangout for several years. From beers to burgers, the Pub has got it all; 
When all else fails, go to Wal-Mart, also known as 'The Mall of Natchitoches.' ' 

Photos bv E.J. Sehiro 


4 life and sports- The Current Sauce — Thursday, October 20, 2005 

What's new 


In Music 

• Sound of Revenge, Chamillionare 

• Live Goode, Chuck Berry 
Bootleg to Benefit Victims of Hurri- 
cane Katrina, Marc Broussard 
Rockabilly Showdown, Various 

• Bun B, Trill 

Straight To Hell, Hank Williams III 

In Movies 

• The Wizard of Oz (3-Disc Collec- 
tors Edition)* 

Tales From the Crypt (2nd Season) 

• Left Behind: World at War 
»The L Word: The Complete 2nd 


Billie Holiday: Ultimate Collection 


Getting an 
iTunes Education 

By Chris Reich 
Photo Graphics/ 
W eb Editor 

S anceTech@gmail . com 


the Sauce 

on llic \\cl> 

I was about to go to bed Satur- 
day night and did my normal rou- 
tine of checking my news sites for 
anything that just came in. It was 
then that I lost all track of time and 
ended up staying up for about 4 
more hours. I discovered that Stan- 
ford University (yes, the Ivy 
League Stanford) has setup a dis- 
tribution deal with Apple's iTunes 
Music Store. I spent the night 
browsing the various music and 
talk files that are offered. 

Why is this important you might 
ask; it? s simple. Stanford is offering 
student music compila- 
tions (some of 
which are very 
good), record- 
ings of con- 
certs, facul- 
ty lectures, 
and even 
games for 
free. That's 
right, free. The 
ability to sit in on 
a two-hour lecture 
about the life of 
Thomas Jefferson as told by 
Thomas Jefferson, for example, is a 
great thing for humanity. 

Ok, maybe not for humanity, but 
you understand what I mean. The 
world now has access to the teach- 
ings of Nobel Prize winners; 
Pulitzer Prize winners and some of 
the greatest minds in the American 
university system have for free. I 
can only hope that other schools 
start to offer this kind of content 

There are faculty lectures about 

Shakespeare and the time he 
wrote in, the current state of Amer- 
ican Politics, racial issues in the 
wake of the Katrina disaster and 
about maturity and mental health 
in adolescents just to name a few. 
All for free. 

I really hope that some of the 
professors here at NSU could 
incorporate some of the knowledge 
into their own lectures. I would be 
interested to hear from any of the 
professors about this and any uses 
they have found for the informa- 

I am still amazed 
at the amount of 
learning that is 
present here. I 
can't wait until the 
day that universi- 
ties all over the 
world start 
offering their 
like this. 
Maybe there 
should be a 
new section of 
the music store 
then that happens, 
iTunes Alexandria of 
the Library of iTunes, 
seeing how that much knowledge 
in one place can only be defined as 
a modern day Library of Alexan- 
dria. All for free, the only prerequi- 
site being that iTunes be installed 
on your computer (a free down- 
load from and that you 
go to 
Go forth and find something inter- 
esting to listen to. 

For any question or comments 
regarding technology, email Chris 


Fashionable Focus 

I have to start off by saying holy 
cow! Is this cooler weather spec- 
tacular or what? Most definitely! 
With the weather being so great, it 
kind of gets me in the mood to go 
coat shopping. 

Granted, I know that this is 
Louisiana and there really is no 
need for subzero apparel or snow 
shoes; however, that doesn't mean 
that we Southerners can't indulge 
in a warm winter outfits — especial- 
ly ones that are cute! 

Remember, this season it doesn't 
matter what you've got on under- 
neath as long as what you've got 
some sort piece of hot outerwear 
wear to go over it. 

Choosing a winter look can be 
difficult. Are you going for some- 
thing sleep and sophisticated? Is 
your style more vintage? Do you 
like standing out? Figure out 
which one you are and take a look 
at the following: 

For something sleek and sophis- 
ticated, I would recommend a clas- 
sic peacoat (short or long waist) or 
a plaid, wool trench coat. Or try 
something even sexier~a winter 
white trench! White will make any 
woman feel like the epitome of 
sophistication. Not only are all 
these styles timeless, you can pret- 
ty much wear a peacoat or trench 
with any outfit and look well put- 
together. Add a sexy scarf and 
some ballerina slippers and you're 
ready to go! 

For some great examples, head to and check out 
their inventory. 

For a vintage look, try going for 
fur. No, not real fur — FAUX fur! 
Right now has some of 
the best looks in faux fur — they 
look so real and the coats come in 
different colors and textures. Some 
are "long-haired" and plush while 
others are "short-haired" and 

fuzzy. For about 50 bucks you can 
get a great coat that looks amazing- 
ly real, and you don't have to feel 
about wearing fur (Don't worry, 
PETA won't pour paint on it!). 
Faux fur gives the illusion of luxu- 
riousness wrapped in vintage chic. 

For another vintage style, try a 
denim or corduroy jacket with a 
shearling lining. This look was 
most popular during the 1960s and 
70s, but is made a huge comeback 
on the runway this season. Not 
only do these jackets look hot, 
they're pretty warm too! 

If you are looking for a unique 
style, try looking into an old-fash- 
ioned cape style or a military style 
coat. You'll want to balance out a 
cape-style jacket with some slim- 
ming pants or a pencil skirt. Mili- 
tary styles are so in right now 
because they create a slim silhou- 
ette, usually by adding in a belted, 
nipped-in waist. 

Demons host McNeese in 
last regular season game 

Courtesy of Sports 

Led by five seniors, NSU can fin- 
ish an unbeaten home season at the 
NSU Soccer Complex by beating 
McNeese State Friday at 7p.m. 

NSU will recognize its senior 
class before the game. That group 
includes senior midfielders 
Stephanie Miller and Heather Peni- 
co and senior defensive defenders 
Raquel Flores, Ashley Hadley and 
Tara Powasnik. 

"These five seniors are the back- 
bone of our team," coach Jimmy 
Mitchell said, "I am very proud of 
what they have accomplished ath- 
letically and academically." 

The Demons (10-5-1, 5-1) are 5-0 
at home and can tie for the South- 
land Conference championship 
with a win Friday and a Stephen F. 

Austin loss at Louisiana-Monroe. 
NSU defeated Sam Houston State 
5-0 last Sunday, clinching the sec- 
ond seeding behind SFA and a first- 
round bye in the SLC Tournament 
next week at NSU. 

McNeese (4-9-1, 1-3-1) fell to SFA 
3-0 last Sunday while the Demons 
were edged by SFA 1-0 last Friday 

Offensive captain Penico, a sen- 
ior midfielder from River Ridge, 
was named first team All-SLC in 
2002 and preseason first team All- 
SLC this season. Penico has 20 
career goals with six in 2005. 

Miller, a senior midfielder from 
Fort Myers, Fla., was named sec- 
ond team All-SLC in 2002 and first 
team All-SLC the following year. 
Miller is third on the team with 14 
career goals. 

Three seniors anchor the 

Demons' stout defense, which has 
recorded three shutouts. Flores, a 
Woodbury, Minn, native, is an 
aggressive leader on the back line 
for the Demons. Flores has never 
scored a goal and has only taken six 
shots in her career. 

Hadley, from Hamilton, Ohio, 
was selected to the 2002 All-SLC 
Tournament team and was first 
team All-SLC, SLC All-Academic 
first team, and first team All- 
Louisiana in 2004. Hadley has 10 
career goals from her defensive 
post with two in 2005. 

Defensive captain Powasnik 
from Logan, Utah, has been named 
to the All-SLC squad each of her 
three seasons and was SLC All- 
Academic first team in 2004. 

"You can't top these seniors," 
said Mitchell, "They're special peo- 
ple and special players." 

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The First Amendment has been getting a workout 
in recent weeks on two college campuses _ the Uni- 
versity of Florida and the University of North Caroli- 
na at Chapel Hill _ where students are learning that 
free speech is a messy business. 

The two cases, one involving a columnist at UNC 
and the other a political cartoonist at UF, have 
inflamed minority groups _ Muslims and blacks, 
respectively _ provoking protests and debate. That's 
the good news; protest and debate are the currency of 
I free speech. 

What's not such good news is that the UNC colum- 
nist was fired, and the Florida cartoonist has been 
condemned and threatened. Both students have been 
virtually abandoned by university officials, some of 
whom apparently are more concerned about burnish- 
ing their multiculti self-images than in supporting an 
increasingly embattled founding principle. 

Jillian Brandes, a former columnist for UNC's Daily 
I Tar Heel, wrote a column making a case for racial 
profiling in the wake of the 9/ 11 terrorist attacks that 
jbegan hyperbolically: "I want all Arabs to be stripped 
naked and cavity-searched if they get within 100 
yards of an airport." 

Then she proceeded to quote several Arab students 
and a professor who said they wouldn't mind being 
searched. Some subsequently claimed their remarks 
had been taken out of context, an unprecedented 
development in journalism. Brandes was fired. 

One could make a strong argument that Brandes' 
column was silly, amateurish, lacking in taste, stri- 
dent and ineffective. But people have a clear and pro- 
tected right to be both silly and amateurish. 

Brandes' editor claimed that he fired her for "jour- 
nalistic malpractice," for taking quotes out of context, 
not in response to pressure. I can only say that in 25 
years with newspapers, I've never known anyone to 
be fired when a story's subjects didn't like the way 
quotes were used. 

In Gainesville, Fla., cartoonist Andy Marlette drew 
an image that has angered some black groups. Mar- 



lette is the nephew of Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoon- 
ist and author Doug Marlette, whose talent as an 
equal-opportunity offender apparently seeped into 
the family gene pool. 

Marlette the Younger 's cartoon in the Independent 
Florida Alligator was a commentary on rapper Kanye 
West's remarks following Hurricane Katrina that 
"George Bush doesn't care about black people." Mar- 
lette drew a cartoon of West holding an oversized 
playing card labeled "The Race Card," with Secretary 
of State Condoleezza Rice saying, "Nigga Please!" 

The N-word makes me cringe... especially every 
time I hear Kanye West say it. His songs, including 
his current hit, "Gold Digger," are liberally seasoned 
with the word, often couched in violence and obscen- 
ity. But when I imagine the immaculate and proper 
Condi Rice saying it, especially to a "brotha" who has 
made a fortune playing the bad boy, it makes me 

Which is to say Marlette's cartoon hit the mark. It 
was sophisticated, irreverent and funny. His use of 
West's own language to parody the rapper's political 
statement was, in fact, the art of the cartoon. 

Yet certain campus groups and administrators were 
outraged. This, even though the same student gov- 
ernment that pulled ads from the Alligator is paying 
West to drop the N-bomb in concert at the university 
in a few days. 

It's hardly surprising that students don't under- 
stand that the First Amendment, which protects Mar- 
lette's and Brandes' right to voice unpopular opin- 
ions, also protects West's "music," as well as their own 
right to protest. 

It's disturbing, however, when faculty and adminis- 
trators' understanding is little better. 

The painful irony is that minorities are historically 
the first to suffer when free speech goes. Not so long 
ago, blacks were lynched in this country for trying to 
voice their opinions at the polls. Which is why . 
African Americans _ and now Arab Americans trou- 
bled by the specter of discrimination _ should be the 
loudest voices supporting the freedoms that permit 
even speech they find offensive. 

It's a messy job, but everybody's got to do it. 

Mamas, don't let your babies 
grow up to be 'Apple' 

Leigh Anne Bramlett 

Sauce Columnist 

It has come to my attention that some people who 
could otherwise be called "reasonable adults" need 
some serious help in one extremely important area: 
naming their children. 

Have you read the birth announcement section of 
any paper in the country lately? Our nation is rapid- 
ly becoming populated with children saddled with 
increasingly ridiculous and ridiculously-spelled 
names. I like to call this sickness, which has affected 
an alarmingly large portion of the childbearing pub- 
lic, CRAS: Crazy Random Appellation Syndrome. 

Being the generous, kindhearted soul that I am, I 
am leaping in to fill the void of good sense, to rescue 
our future leaders from names that would once have 
been rejected by the writers of Star Trek. Here are a 
few simple rules to make sure that you don't ruin 
your future child's life (no pressure). You may thank 
me later, with cash or Godivas. 

Rule #1: If your dog has a more dignified name 
than your child, you may be heading into CRAS terri- 
tory. A People magazine article from February of this 
year compares the names celebrities give to their off- 
spring to the names they give their canine compan- 
ions. A troubling example: Gwyneth's bundle of joy: 
Apple. Gwyneth's furry friend: Holden. That's right. 
The dog gets the literary allusion, and the baby gets 
the featured item in this week's Piggly Wiggly sales 
ad. Now, I know what you're thinking "But I like my 
dog better than I like most kids. He/she whines far 
less, and is much more advanced in the, shall we say, 
toilet-related arts, than is my daughter /cousin/ sib- 
ling. And my dog is smarter, too!" Dear reader, I 
could not agree more with your assessment. Howev- 
er, your present or future child may choose to grow 

up one day, and in the event that said child may 
desire to have a job description beyond "Junior High 
School Cheerleader," or "Pole Dancer," you would be 
wise to give her a name that doesn't sound like a 
cheese (Bree/Brie, . al.) or a weather pattern (Stormy, 
Windy, etc.). Your dog, however, may enjoy being 
named after a cheese; it has been my observation that 
they can't get enough of the stuff. (Fun Fact: My 
dog, Tallulah-yeah, that's right, Tallulah-likes Mon- 
terey Jack. The cheese. Don't even think of naming 
your kid Monterey Jack.) I recommend satisfying 
your creative naming itch by giving your dog the sil- 
liest name you can possibly think up. In other words, 
look through a current baby naming book. 

Rule #2: Naming your kid after the place they 
were conceived is a colossally bad idea. The darlings 
of London, Posh Spice and soccer star husband David 
Beckham, named their child Brooklyn, because he 
was conceived in — wait for it — Brooklyn. Well, this 
kid is going to be screwed up for a myriad of reasons, 
not the least of which is the fact that his mother is a 
former Spice Girl. For normal humans, trust me 
when I say to you that your kid does not want to be 
named after a place in which you had sex. He or she 
does not want to know that you ever had sex. You 
are his/her parent, for heaven's sake. Ew. 

Rule #3: Madison with 3 Ys and a Q is still Madi- 
son when the teacher calls roll. Ok here's the part 
where the hate mail will start rolling in, but hear me 
out. If you want your kid to be unique, name her 
Bertha. If you want your kid to be unique and still be 
named Madison or Dakota, you're fighting a losing 
battle. Or, I should say, your kid will be when she 
gets to first grade and develops brain cramps trying 
to figure out how to spell "Mahddysynneq" (the Q is 
silent). And to add insult to injury, she will still be 
Madison Lastname, because of the eleventy billion 
other "uniquely" named Madison variants in her 
class. I'm just saying. 

So, go on. Name your kid whatever you please. 
Name her Dweezilanna Vancouver Moonfrye 
MuhKennzeyy Banana Jones, for all I care. Just don't 
let me know about it. And don't say you haven't 
been sufficiently warned. Although, come to think of 
it, that is a great name for a dog. 


By Lora Sheppard 

Editor in Chief 

Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender 
what you are for what you could become. - Unknown 

College has taught me many things that have 
absolutely nothing to do with academics. I've learned 
that a crate of ramen is worth about the same as a 
pack of cheap hot dogs; that I am willing to pay the 
money for a tank of gas to go home for a weekend if 
it means my parents will feed me, give me the oppor- 
tunity to do laundry for free and hug my cat. I've 
learned that sometimes piling blankets on your bed is 
better than driving the electricity up in December and 
January. College students make jokes of purposely 
getting into car accidents just for the money resulting 
from a lawsuit. 

I have also learned that I can survive on less than 
two hours of sleep as long as I have coffee. I may not 
be completely coherent, but I will live. 

In any case, college has been nothing but a huge 
transitory period for me. This is a time where things 

change at rapid speed for everyone. I'm at that age 
where friends are getting married, having babies, get- 
ting engaged and graduating from college (if only.) 
The minute you think things are settling down, you 
can get a call from a friend or family member that 
throws a wrench into your life when you finally think 
everything is stationary. For once. 

This, on top of the fact that many of us are still in 
that stage of our lives where we don't know who we 
are or what we want to do, can be difficult, especially 
for people who aren't partial to change and don't 
deal with it very well. Often, a person can feel stuck 
in a rut, as if life is passing them by too fast for them 
to process it. Things are changing at such a rapid 
pace that it's easy to lose sight of what you need to 
do, or of what is important. 

I know there are times where I feel completely use- 
less compared to some of the people I know. I look at 
them and see what they have accomplished, and I 
can feel inadequate in comparison. As if I should ask 
myself, "Is this all there is to life?" 

Well, I'm here to tell you that no, it isn't. This is all 
temporary and subject to change. Which seems to be 
the word of the year lately. Things will not stay this 
way, and we might as well sit back and enjoy the ride 
as this period of our life jumps into hyperspeed. 

Then again, I guess we're just growing up. 

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The Full 


Two former Demon defensive 
backs, one a veteran in the 
league and the other a newcom- 
er who made the Pro Bowl last 
year, have been pretty busy on 
Sundays in the early stages of 
the NFL season. 

Both have been shutting down 
receivers, causing quarterbacks 
to look to the other side of the 
field, and one is even averaging 
34.3 yards on 18 kickoff returns 
this year on Sundays. 

Jacksonville Jaguars corner- 
back Kenny Wright, while split- 
ting time with three others at 
corner opposite Rashean Mathis, 
has already made a big impact 
with the 4-2 Jaguars after spend- 
ing three years with the Min- 
nesota Vikings and another three 
with the Houston Texans. 

Wright, who racked up 267 
tackles, four interceptions and 
three sacks in his first six years 
in the pros, was picked up by 
Jacksonville in late March out of 
the free agent market, probably 
due to his dismal five tackles 
and no picks in 16 games last 
season with Houston. 

But this year Wright has 
looked rejuvenated. 

Especially in the Jaguar's Oct. 
9th 23-20 win over Carson 
Palmer and the Cincinnati Ben- 

I would say Wright and his 
fellow defensive backs were the 
first crew of the season to get a 
checkmark on the "Who Can 
Guard 85 in 2005" checklist that 
Bengal receiver Chad Johnson 
keeps taped on his locker, hold- 
ing the loud-mouthed receiver 
to only 52 yards on five catches. 

The former NSU safety fin- 
ished the game with five tackles 
and two pass deflections, and 
put a big hit on Johnson causing 
him to drop a pass. 

The seven-year veteran also 
recorded five tackles helping to 
hold the Indianapolis Colts to 
only 10 points, five tackles 
against the Denver Broncos and 
six in Jacksonville's season 
opener against the Seattle Sea- 

In their first six games Wright 
has 24 tackles. 

Following an All-Pro year in 
just his second NFL season, for- 
mer Demon Terrence McGee has 
stepped up as a starting corner- 

Not to mention he continues 
to show off the explosive return- 
ing skills that got him to Hawaii 
and made him an Ail-American 
selection in 2000 with NSU. 

In five of the Bills first seven 
games McGee has had 80 or 
more kickoff return yards, three 
of which he had over 100 yards. 

Against the Saints in San 
Antonio, Texas, just a few hours 
down the road from his home- 
town of Athens, McGee returned 
a kick for 82 yards, the longest in 
Buffalo history that did not end 
in a touchdown and finished 
with 159 return yards. 

Like Wright, McGee has also 
been playing great defense this 

He has 34 tackles through 
seven games and finished with 
seven tackles against Tampa Bay, 
Atlanta and Oakland. 

The two-time All-SLC selec- 
tion also had an interception in 
back-to-back games against 
Miami and the New York Jets for 
the 3-4 Bills. 

Other former NSU defensive 
backs in the NFL are Cleveland 
Browns cornerback Jermaine 
Jones, out of Morgan City, LA, 
and safety Mike Green, from 
Ruston, La., who is in his sixth 
season with the Chicago Bears. 
Green has four tackles and a 
pass deflection in four games 
this season. 

NSU downed, but not out 

\fter dropping their first SLC game Saturday at Texas State 31-16, the Demons will host the Northeastern Huskies from the Atlantic 10 Conferenq 

like in their 31-10 win over SouH 

After dropping their first SLC 

By Justin Hebert 

Sports Editor 

The NSU Demons (3-3) will play 
host to the Northeastern Huskies 
(1-5) of the Atlantic 10 Conference 
at Turpin Stadium Saturday at 
noon when these two teams face 
each other for the first time ever. 

The Demons, who dropped out 
of the I-AA top 25 for the first time 
in 19 weeks, are coming off a 31-16 
road loss at the hands of Bobcat 
quarterback Barrick Nealy and No. 
5 Texas State (6-1, 2-0 in SLC) Sat- 
urday, the first time TSU has beaten 
the Demons in four years. 

Meanwhile the Huskies, located 
in Boston, Mass., will be looking to 
snap a three-game losing streak 
and pick up their second win of the 
season as they play a game farther 
south than any ever played in 
school history. 

Although Northeastern is 1-5, 
their record is somewhat mislead- 
ing. The Huskies have overtime 
losses to I-AA power Georgia 
Southern, in the opening week, and 
No. 9 William & Mary, and have 
losses to two other top ten teams, 
No. 7 Massachusetts and No. 4 
New Hampshire. 

The carousel that has been NSU's 
offensive line will get a new look 
once again this week, as Preseason 
All-Southland Conference first 
team selection, senior Brian Booth 
moves to center for the first time in 
order for head coach Scott Stoker to 
match the tough play the Huskies 
will bring to the game. 

"Ifs like riding a bike for me 
because I played center my fresh- 



Gary Hardamon /NSU Media Service 

NSU tailback Shelton Sampson follows his blocker, offensive lineman Brian Booth, during the Demons 31-16 loss at Texas 
State. The game was Sampson's first in three weeks. Booth will be playing center for the Saturday against Northeastern. 

man year," Booth said. "I think it 
will help us out." 

Junior Chris Smith has been get- 
ting the time at center since the loss 
of Preseason All-SLC pick Mark 

Rabalais who suffered an injury in 
the Demon's last preseason scrim- 
mage in August, which left Booth 
as the only returning starter at the 
offensive line position. 

"We have to be physical in the 
middle this week because they're 
so good up front," Booth said. 

The Demons will hope to get 
their running game back on track 

eastern just two weeks ago, j 
which tailback Anthony Holmj 
rattled off 131 rushing yards. 

At Texas State NSU did see sou 
signs of a return from starting ta ! 
back Shelton Sampson who av< 
aged 5.7 yards per carry picking \ 
68 yards, a season high, on 12 cgj 
ries. J?, 

But once again senior quarto 
back Davon Vinson was their leaj 
ing rusher with 96 yards on 11 cq 
ries including a 24-yard toudj 
down run. 

The running game will be tly^g £ UR 
focus of attention for both ttf^ AM pus C( 

Demons and Huskies this we 4p|anning ( 

The Demons, who broke 1 Bring CON 
offensive school records just latO thecur 
year, have struggled to get thaname and 
offense running in several gamjrefuse a IT} 
this season but averaging 325 yanj _____ 
a game, 176 rushing meanwhj 
Northeastern is putting up 347 ypj_ _ 
with 156 coming on the ground. 

NSU will hope to get a win ! The Stude 
non-conference play this week several ope 
boost them into their three remai Tne open 
ing conference games to round a 5 entative; J 
the regular season. sentative al 

Next week the Demons play hoj( requires pi 
to a pesky Nicholls State (2-3, 1- App | jcati0| 
before traveling to Lake Charles anc j ; 
face off with SLC rival McNeeS 
State (3-2, 1-1) on Nov. 12.. Al1 studen 

Then the Demons will reruf n J£™*** 
home for their last regular seasc 
game against Stephen F. Austin i H63lth 
3, 1-2) on Nov. 17, a Thursday n ig^Q r 
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Lady Demons hoping to turn it around at home. 

By Justin Hebert 

Sports Editor 

After winning their first two 
Southland Conference matches, the 
Lady Demons have dropped eight 
of their last and find themselves 
tied with Louisiana-Monroe for 6th 
place in the conference standings 
with six matches left in the regular 

But heading into a big weekend 
in which they host Southeastern 
Louisiana Friday at 7 p.m. and 
Nicholls State Saturday at 5 p.m. 
the Lady Demons are focused on 
their future rather than their past. 

"It doesn't matter how we start," 
Mullins said. "It matters how we 
finish. When most teams have 
already gelled we're still already in 
the process of figuring out where to 
jell. I feel this team, when they get 
into the conference tournament, 
we're just going to explode." 

The Lady Demons nearly saw 
those tournament hopes fade away 
Friday night, but rallied from being 
down two games to beat Lamar on 
the road. 

Trying to continue on that suc- 
cess NSU traveled to McNeese Sat- 
urday, and NSU career assists 
leader Flavia Belo recorded her sec- 
ond career triple-double, but her 
team fell short 3-1, losing the last 
game 29-31. 

"I think we are out of our 
slump," Mullins said. "We beat 

Lamar Friday coming from two 
games behind, which is huge. 
That's just mental toughness. We 
lost to McNeese but we played 
well. What was against us is that 
we had to drive back and forth both 
nights. They were exhausted. They 
were just flat tired." 

The Lady Demons returned from 
Beaumont, Texas at around 3 a.m. 
Saturday morning and were back 
on their bus headed for Lake 
Charles at 11 a.m. on Saturday, very 
tough circumstances for anyone to 
win under. 

This weekend Mullins and her 
squad will have the luxury of stay- 
ing at home when they host the two 
worst teams in the conference. 

But winning these two matches 
could mean a lot more to this team 
and their season. 

"That'll pretty much guarantee 
us into the conference tourna- 
ment," Mullins said. "They're huge 
games so we're really excited about 
them being at home." 

After Southeastern and Nicholls, 
the Lady Demons will hit the road 
again to face Texas-Arlington, who 
they swept three games at home 
earlier in the season, and Sam 
Houston State, who is second in the 

Then NSU will play their last two 
regular season games in the com- 
forts of Prather Coliseum, hosting 
Texas-San Antonio and Texas State. 

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From left Lady Demons Isabela Duarte, Juliana Abreau, Flavia Belo and Jessica Holland wait for a serve against Louisiana 
Tech at home earlier in the season. The Lady Demons return home this weekend to host Southeastern and Nicholls. 

Mullins feels to be successful 
enough in the last leg of the regular 
season to get them into the SLC 
tournament, she's going to have to 
rely on seniors Priscila Augusto, 
who was the first Lady Demon All- 
SLC selection ever, Isabela Duarte, 

Shannon Puder, and Belo to show 
the leadership she's looking for. 

"I've put a little bit more pressure 
on them to lead this team in the last 
couple of weeks and they're doing 
a good job at it," Mullins said. 

NSU is hoping to reach their first 

conference tournament in sch 
history. Although the regular 
team field for the tourney has 
expanded to eight this seas< 
Mullins hopes her team can mal 
in the top six teams, showing tj 
they truly "earned it." 

Lamar wins NSU meet, 
Lady Demons finish 2nc 

Gary Hardamon /NSU Media Service 
The Lady Demons cross country finished second Friday in NSU's All-Corners Meet 
Friday. Margeaux Fisher (far right) was the first to finish for the Lady Demons. 

Courtesy of Sports 

Renee Graham led a string of 
seven Lamar runners across the fin- 
ish line Friday as the Lady Cardi- 
nals posted a perfect score of 15, 
then Danny Shaw's win in the 
men's race started Lamar to a 
sweep of the team titles at the NSU 
Cross Country All-Comers Meet. 

Graham covered the 4,000-meter 
course in 14:23.1 to win the 
women's individual crown by 15 

Shaw posted a 19:15.3 clocking 
over 6,000 meters, taking the men's 
title by a 34-second margin. 

Meet host NSU was second in 
the women's team standings and 
sixth in a seven-team field in the 

men's race starting and finishing at 
the NSU Soccer Complex on cam- 

The Lady Demons' Margeaux 
Fisher was the first non-Lamar run- 
ner to finish, taking eighth place in 
16:05.8, just ahead of teammate 
Abby Salomon (16:06.4) and Jas- 
mine Collins of Louisiana- 

Lamar's perfect score in the 
women's team standings topped 59 
points for NSU, 82 for Louisiana- 
Lafayette, 146 by Centenary and 
165 from Louisiana Tech. Nicholls 
State and Southeastern Louisiana 
did not finish five runners to record 

In the men's race, Lamar won 
with 31 points, followed by South- 
eastern (61), Stephen F. Austin (79), 


ULL (86), Centenary (108) and 
(132). Nicholls did not post a so™ — 

Following Fisher and Salom^Un, 
on the Lady Demons' scoreca Partly Clou 
were Ruth Kinyanjui (11th, 16:303 : 
Ashley Terrell (12th, 16:32.6) aJ 
Lesley Lambert (19th, 17:06.3). 

For the Demons, the top finis! 
was Steve Kemei, 15th in 20:! 
Chris Pearson ran 21:03.1 for 2 
place, followed on the NSU scol I 
card by Aaron Heflin (291 1 
21:52.7), Gideon Rotich (33P 
22:24.5) and Phillip Hattatfk^. 
(34th, 22:32.0). .Wed. 

The meet was a final tuneup f Partly Clot 
the Southland Conference ChamJ 
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Irgus accepting submissions 

The Argus, NSU's art and literary magazine, is accepting 
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The first, second and third place winners in each category 
(will receive prizes of $100, $50 and $25, respectively. 

The categories are poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, art 
and photography. 

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submissions should be e-mailed to and 
topped off in room 318 of Kyser Hall by Dec. 9. 

For more information, contact Monica Gremillion at 357- 

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Pageant are due Friday. 

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Provost candidates 
visit NSU campus 

By Lora Sheppard 

Editor in Chief 

In January 2006, NSU will 
officially have a new provost 
and vice president for aca- 
demic affairs following 
Anthony Scheffler's abrupt 
resignation last November. 

The position of provost is 
extremely important in NSU's 
administration. The provost 
is second to the president of 
the university and serves as 
the head of the university in 
the president's absence. The 
provost is responsible for fac- 
ulty and curriculum develop- 
ment, enrollment manage- 
ment and leadership for 

NSU's distance learning pro- 

Thomas Hanson, acting 
provost and vice president for 
academic affairs, said the Uni- 
versity of Louisiana System 
has certain rules and proce- 
dures for hiring new faculty 
at or above the dean level. 

"It requires a nation-wide 
search," Hanson said. 

That search entered its final 
stages this week when four 
final applicants arrived for 
interviews out of more than 
twenty-five initial applicants. 

William Brent, director of 
creative and performing arts, 
is the chair of the search com- 
mittee. He said Hanson was 

appointed by the University 
of Louisiana system for a 
term that ends in December, 
so it was necessary to search 
for someone who would hold 
the position permanently. 

"The quality of the four 
who we are interviewing is 
outstanding," Brent said. 
"Not only are their creden- 
tials impressive, but their 
ability to communicate and 
interact with the many differ- 
ent interview groups on cam- 
pus was refreshing." 

All of the candidates are 
being considered for the posi- 
tion through an interview 
process and open forum this 
week. The forums allowed 

students, faculty and staff to 
meet and speak to the indi- 
vidual candidates. The search 
committee will make a deci- 
sion soon and present their 
recommendation to NSU 
President Randall Webb. 

Webb said he hopes to 
make a decision in December. 

"We want someone who 
will be able to work well in 
the university community at 
Northwestern," Webb said. 

The four candidates are 
varied in their respective dis- 
ciplines, all with different 
ranges of experience. Here is 
a breakdown of what stu- 
dents need to know about the 

Peter Fos, Ph.D., M.P.H. 

• Currently dean of the col- 
lege of health at the Universi- 
ty of Southern Mississippi 
and has held faculty and 
administrative positions at 
Tulane and The University of 
Nevada in Las Vegas. 

• Believes Natchitoches 
and NSU have "great 
untapped potential." 

• Said that he had vast 
experience at different uni- 
versities and different types 
of institutions. "I know what 
a successful university looks 
like," Fos said. "I'd bring a 
broad perspective into this 

■ See Provost, page 5 

AKA gets automotive advice 

Chris Reich / The Current Sauce 

Jarvis Edwards, a sophomore health and human performance major, teaches members of Alpha Kappa Alpha how to check a car's fluid levels. The "Makanics" seminar was 
part of the Alpha Kappa Alpha week festivities. 

NSU College of Education receives good 
review from national council 

By Lora Sheppard 

Editor in Chief 

On Oct. 22-26, the National 
Council for Accreditation of 
Teacher Education gave 
NSU's college of education a 
positive exit interview for re- 
accredidation that should be 
finalized by August. 

NCATE, a nonprofit, non- 
governmental organization, 
uses a voluntary peer- 
reviewed process to measure 
the quality of a college's pro- 

grams. They judge whether 
schools are providing effec- 
tive teachers based on the 
institution's programs, facul- 
ty qualifications, field experi- 
ences and candidate knowl- 

"We must show our facili- 
ties are adequate," said Vickie 
Gentry, dean of the college of 

The department under 
review presents data to the 
NCATE representatives 
including a listing of the 

courses offered, improve- 
ments needed, program 
changes, faculty credentials 
and proof that graduates 
know how to interact with 
different classes and cultures. 

NSU was the first universi- 
ty in Louisiana to receive 
NCATE accreditation, achiev- 
ing it in 1954. The college of 
education has maintained 
that accreditation ever since. 

"We can't jeopardize the 
record we have," Gentry said. 

The college of education 

had a year extension to pre- 
pare for the visit. NCATE sent 
nine members; five national 
and four state representa- 

"They were amazed at the 
attitude of faculty and stu- 
dents," Gentry said. 

She also said NCATE cited 
no weaknesses or "areas of 
improvement," and that the 
representatives were very 

"They (the representatives) 
will make recommendations 

to NCATE," Acting Provost 
and Vice President for Acade- 
mic Affairs Thomas Hanson 
said. "We have a chance to 
negotiate back and forth areas 
of concern." 

The college of education 
faculty was pleased with the 
results of the exit interview. 

Cathleen Seymour, assis- 
tant dean to the college of 
education, said, "We are very, 
very proud of what was 
accomplished and want the 
campus to know." 

State universities face budget cuts 

By Katie Lopez 

Sauce Reporter 
and Kyle Shirley 

News Editor 

On Sept. 19 Gov. Kathleen 
Blanco enacted a freeze on all 
hiring and spending for 
Louisiana's state institutions, 
including all state universi- 

The freeze, which is out- 
lined in Governor's Executive 
Order KBB 2005-38, is a 

response to the anticipated 
budget deficit caused by 
damage from Hurricanes Kat- 
rina and Rita. 

NSU President Randall 
Webb said the State Revenue 
Estimating Conference, 
which usually meets in 
December, met Friday morn- 
ing and estimated the state 
would lose about $970 million 
in tax revenue. 

The Conference then 
required state universities to 

submit proposals showing 
budget cuts of five percent by 
Tuesday. Webb said NSU's 
proposal reflected an estimat- 
ed $1,519,179 cut. 

"This is one of those things 
you never anticipate to hap- 
pen," Webb said. 

Thomas Hanson, acting 
provost and vice president for 
academic affairs, said the 
spending freeze will not dis- 
rupt NSU's ability to pay for 
essential resources on campus 

such as lights and water. 

"The university needs to 
analyze spending... if some- 
thing is not essential then it 
will have to be postponed," 
Hanson said. "As we are 
asked to cut the budget we 
have less discretionary 
income coming to us from the 
state. And that means that we 
have less to spend." 

Hanson said NSU's Strate- 
gic Planning and Budgeting 
Council is working on differ- 

ent scenarios to determine 
which areas of the budget can 
be cut. 

Webb said the President's 
Cabinet met with the Com- 
mittee Monday to listen to its 
recommendations and devel- 
op a course of action, Webb 

"We are doing our best to 
try to ensure academics do 
not get affected by the cuts," 
Webb said. 

■ See Budget, page 5 



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NSU approaches fund-raising goal 

By Jamie Webb 

Sauce Reporter 

The NSU Capital Campaign for a 
Brighter Tomorrow should reach its 
$18.84 million goal by the end of 
spring semester, if not sooner, said 
Chris Maggio, director of alumni 
and development. 

NSU President Randall Webb 
said, "I hope that we reach that 
goal by the end of this academic 
year. Even if we don't, we're still 
going to reach it. I want to eclipse 
that goal and go beyond it." 

Webb said NSU has held other 
fund-raisers, but this the first one of 
such a large scale in the history of 
the school. He said he got the idea 
for the campaign from other 
schools that run these types of cam- 

"I just know from my experience 
from my years in higher education 
that if you want to elevate an insti- 
tution to a higher level of excel- 
lence and promise it requires pri- 
vate and corporate support outside 
of the other sources of revenue," 
Webb said. "From the time I 
became president, I wanted to con- 
duct a capital campaign. It took me 
several years to get to the point 
where other people felt that it was 
appropriate and felt there would be 
adequate support. You don't want 
to conduct a campaign that falls flat 
on its face. You want it to be suc- 

He said he hopes to start a new 
campaign once this one is complet- 


Maggio said this campaign 
began in 2000 but did not go public 
until May 2004 when it reached $13 

"This is the way that you gener- 
ally run campaigns," he said. "You 
don't announce the campaign until 
you have reached a certain percent- 
age of the goal. It creates momen- 

The time between 2000 and 2004 
was called the silent phase, during 
which the Alumni Center collected 
donations from alumni, businesses 
and individuals with potential to 
give large gifts to the university. 

"We do seek out some people. 
On the other hand, there are other 
people who contact us and want to 
be a part of it, which is wonderful," 
said Webb. 

Maggio said they did not expect 
to reach the $18.84 million goal 
until 2007, but no one expected the 
campaign to do as well as it has 

"It's gratifying that people have 
chosen to support Northwestern as 
strongly as they have. It says a lot 
about the quality of the program 
we have," Maggio said. 

Webb said, "Our goal was $18.84 
million, which was based on our 
founding date. It wasn't all scientif- 
ically planned. We were trying to 
arrive at a goal based on the best 
information we had at the time, 
and, on top of that, to try our best to 
put ourselves in a position to have 
to stretch to reach our goal. And so 

it would appear as though we 
picked a reasonably good goal 
because we have continually 
moved toward it." 

Maggio said, "This campaign is 
designed for the whole campus. 

"The money from the campaign 
is used to fund endowed chairs, 
endowed professorships, and 
scholarships for students. The 
money endowed to the chairs is 
used for research endeavors, travel 
and things of that sort and faculty 
members also get grants from pri- 
vate investors for research and 
their departments. 

"Athletics is another big part of 
the campaign," he said. The cam- 
paign funds endowed scholarships, 
sponsorships, all fund raising by 
the athletic department, including 
raising external money to support 
the Division I program. 

NSU currently has endowed 
chairs that have been matched by 
the state and one that is still being 
processed. John Merrill holds the 
position for the Erbon and Marie 
Wise Endowed Chair in journalism. 
The other is the Melba Law Steeg 
Endowed Chair in Educational 
Technology Leadership, but no one 
has yet been chosen to fill this posi- 

Maggio said they are waiting for 
the Charles Ragus Family 
Endowed Chair in Business to be 
matched with $600,000 from the 

Maggio also said NSU is closing 
in on 30 endowed professorships. 

"Most of the professorships are 
set up in a specific college or 
department. For example, the 
donor will want to endow a profes- 
sorship in the College of Business , 
but they can be rotated if chosen," 
Maggio said. 

The original sum that is 
endowed is never spent, but the 
interest the money earns is used to 
fund the professors chosen for the 

According to a pledge form from 
the office of alumni and develop- 
ment, there are two categories of 
gifts people can pledge to the cam- 
paign: those under $10,000 and 
those of $10,000 and above. 

Gifts under $10,000 can be desig- 
nated to the "For a Brighter Tomor- 
row" Student Scholarship Fund, 
the "For a Brighter Tomorrow" Fac- 
ulty and Program Enhancement 
Fund or the Athletic Scholarship 
Fund. Gifts over $10,000 can be 
designated to the $10,000 Endowed 
Scholarship, the $100,000 Fully 
Endowed Scholarship, the $60,000 
Endowed Professorship or the 
$600,000 Endowed Chair. 

Maggio said there are many 
endowed scholarships available to 
students and that students can 
apply at the Alumni Center. 

The money endowed for the pro- 
fessorship can be matched by the 
Louisiana Board of Regents Sup- 
port Fund with $40,000 and the 
chair money can be matched by the 
state with $400,000, Maggio said. 

All the gifts are tax deductible. 


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A sign near the campus' main entrance shows NSU's progress toward 
reaching its $18.84 million fund-raising goal. 

Feds seek increased access to university networks 

By Andrew David 

Sauce Reporter 

University attorneys are deter- 
mining if NSU will be affected by a 
federal order that would allow law 
enforcement officials easier access 
to the school's broadband network. 

The order would not only require 
NSU to upgrade its current broad- 
band network but also to perform 
the upgrades at a cost to itself. 

The upgrades would include 
redesigning the University's net- 
work so law enforcement agencies, 

after providing a court order, are 
able to log in and monitor network 
communications or communica- 
tions by individuals within the net- 

Jim McCrory NSU's director of 
information systems, said the uni- 
versity is consulting with Baton 
Rouge-based law firm Decuir, 
Adams and Clark to determine if 
NSU is affected by the order. 

Educause, a non-profit group 
protesting the order on behalf of a 
combined 15 higher education and 
information technology groups, 

estimates the upgrades could cost 
an excess of $7 billion nationwide. 

Peter Deblois, Educause director 
of communication and publishing 
said tuition increases of $450 could 
be likely if facilities-based carriers 
are forced to comply. 

"We are objecting to technology 
requirements that would require 
serious changes to infrastructure," 
Deblois said. "The issue is a huge 
unfunded mandate costing several 
million dollars per institution." 

Deblois also said law enforce- 
ment officials are currently able to 

monitor university networks on 
site making the order unnecessary. 

The FCC order was issued on 
Sept. 23 and extended the reach of 
the 1994 Communications Assis- 
tance in Law Enforcement Act. 

The Act mandated that after Jan. 
1, 1995 all telecommunications 
providers make their networks 
accessible to surveillance by law 

In March 2004 the FBI, DEA and 
Department of Justice filed a joint 
petition requesting the FCC to 
extend the coverage of the Act. 

The FCC agreed with law 
enforcement and extended the act 
to cover broadband Internet net- 
works and facilities-based net- 
works. Facilities-based networks 
can include universities, libraries 
and elementary, middle and high 
* schools. 

According to the order, those 
affected would have 18 months to 
appeal for exemption status. Those 
that do comply can petition for 
reimbursement through the budget 

of the Attorney General. 

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American Council on Educatio 
filed a petition of review on Oct 
with the D.C. Circuit Court 
Appeals saying the FCC ha 
"unlawfully and arbitrarily dete 
mined that facilities-basef 
providers of broadband InterrJ 
service are telecommunication 
providers," and called for the cot 
to hold the FCC order unlawful. 

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Professional UFO researcher 
to present lecture, slideshow 

Starting this 
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By Kyle Shirley 

News Editor 

Robert Hastings wants you to 
know that UFOs are real and the 
U.S. government is hiding their 
existence from us. 

Hastings, a professional UFO 
researcher, will present evidence 
for this claim in a lecture and 
slideshow Tuesday at 7 p.m. in 
Magale Recital Hall. 

The presentation, entitled 
"UFOs: The Hidden History," is the 

culmination of what Hastings 
refers to as his "life's work." 

"Very few people have studied 
the subject," Hastings said. "I am 
one of those people." 

Hastings said he developed an 
interest in UFOs after an unusual 
event at Malmstrom Air Force Base 
near Great Falls, Mont, in 1967. 
Hastings said he was present in an 
air traffic control tower there that 
tracked five UFOs on radar for sev- 
eral minutes. 

Hastings then began interview- 

ing retired Air Force members who 
had experienced encounters with 
UFOs and obtaining declassified 
government documents on the sub- 
ject through the Freedom of Infor- 
mation Act. 

Hastings decided he had enough 
evidence to make a convincing case 
for the existence of UFOs in 1991. 
He then began giving lectures at 
universities across the country, and 
has been doing so ever since. Hast- 
ings said he contacts "several hun- 
dred" universities every year in an 

attempt to reach large and diverse 

"University audiences are open 
to controversial subjects," Hastings 
said. "Those persons who have an 
open mind on the subject and are 
willing to give me the benefit of the 
doubt... are very impressed. 

"There are always a few skeptics 
who have their minds made up that 
UFOs do not exist, and of course I 
have no effect on those people. 
Thaf s life." 

Hastings said part of his presen- 

tation focuses on UFO sightings 
over nuclear weapon sites. He said 
these incidents have coincided with 
unusual phenomena, such as 
equipment failure, at these sites. 

Hastings said he will also offer 
information on Web sites and other 
sources people can use to decide for 
themselves whether UFOs are real. 

"I am not a missionary. I'm not 
seeking to convert people into 
believers," Hastings said. 

The presentation is free and open 
to the public. 

Lifelong Learning 
Center reopens 

By Lela Coker 

Sauce Reporter 

Nontraditional students have a 
place to call their own. The Life- 
long Learning Center offers non- 
traditional students a place to go 
between classes to use computers, 
watch television or do schoolwork. 

"It is another place nontradition- 
al students can call home away 
from home," Assistant Director of 
Student Activities and Organiza- 
tions Yonna Pasch said. "The room 
is still in a populated area but with- 
out all the noise." 

The Lifelong Learning Center is 
located next to the elevator on the 
second floor of the Student Union. 
The room is open from 9 a.m. to 3 
p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Vicki Nichols, a student who 
commutes from Alexandria, said, 

"I carpool with other girls to school 
so I have a few hours in between 
classes so I go to the Lifelong 
Learning Center. It's pretty subtle 
and people respect each other in 
here. It is really handy." 

The center is intended to offer 
students a quiet place to retreat 
and relax during breaks between 

"The center was established for 
the nontraditional students, but 
any student that paid the technolo- 
gy fee can enjoy the center," Pasch 

The center appeals to commuter 
students, as well as students who 
need a place to go between and 
before classes. 

Student technology fees pay for 
the equipment, upkeep and stu- 
dent workers. 

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Students who want to meet people at NSU who 
share an interest in reggae music, a love for Dane Cook, 
or a hatred for fire alarms at 2 a.m. may find that the 
perfect community for them lies on the Internet. The 
only requirement is a college e-mail address. 

There are many Internet communities for college stu- 
dents to be found; however, the latest rage in Web com- 
munication would most likely be Facebook. 

Before Facebook was introduced in February 2004, 
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those in Facebook's "People that Don't Go Home 
Every Weekend" group will have something to do on 
Saturday afternoons. 

The Web site also allows students to keep in touch 
with friends that are attending other colleges. 

Leslea Traylor, a freshman Music Education major, 
said, "Facebook enables me to talk with the people I 
grew up with in my home state. I am too busy to call 
all of these people, so Facebook allows me to still keep 




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college students' pictures, interests, and lists of student 

Facebook was designed by Mark Zuckerberg, Chris 
Hughes and Dustin Moskovitz to help students make 
new friends and receive up-to-date information about 
on-campus organizations and events. On the site, 
NSU's art shows and concerts are advertised so that 

in touch with those I care about." 

Students can conduct a global search for people with 
certain interests listed in their profiles. This provides 
the opportunity to meet people from different back- 
grounds^ — even from different countries. 

Sophomore accounting major Jared Kutz said, "Face- 
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Interracial couples at NSU living in perfect harmony 

By EmmaLee Tingle 

Contributing Writer 

Tiffany Pennywell and Damien 
^larcantel are in love. 

She is a junior music education 
•flajor and he is a sophomore com- 
puter information systems major. 
They met at NSU through mutual 
friends and have been dating for 
"fiore than a year. 

Sounds like any other NSU cou- 
ple, doesn't it? 

Sure, but when you add in that 
*hey are an interracial couple, it 
s hould change things, right? 

Not one bit. 

Trffany is African American and 
^amien is Caucasian and both say 
'hat race has never been an issue in 

"I date whoever I can find a com- 
mon bond with, whoever I can get 

along with," said Tiffany. 

The couple says their families 
and friends are supportive of the 
relationship. Strangers can be a dif- 
ferent story, but usually aren't. 
Although Damien has received 
some unpleasant comments, he 
says people are usually kind. 

"The majority of the time, ifs 'Oh 
how cute,'" he said. "It's not really 
that much of a problem." 

For Tiffany and Damien, the 
experience has been a good one, 
and they plan on continuing the 
experience '"till death do us part." 

Damien recently proposed to 
Tiffany and they plan to marry 
sometime next year. When asked if 
there were ways their marriage 
would function differently than 
partners of the same race, Damien 
said, "I really don't think it would 

function any differently. It's just a 
normal relationship and a normal 

"With slightly different back- 
grounds," added Tiffany, referring 
not only to family differences, but 
to heritage as well. 

Tiffany and Damien plan on hav- 
ing children in the future, and they 
plan to teach their children both 
sides of their heritage. Neither of 
them foresees a major problem 
raising their children that way. 

"I always go by that old saying 
that 'As long as you love a person it 
doesn't really matter where they 
come from or who they are,'" said 
Damien. "If you love them, that's 
all that matters, and if you want to 
spend the rest of your life with 
them, that's your decision, not any- 
one else's." 

Photo illustration by Chris Reich/ the Current Sauce 


meet. I met an Arabian. . .nicknamed Ebon because I 
can't pronounce or spell his real name." 

While Facebook offers a wide variety of functions to 
its users, those looking to keep an online journal must 
look elsewhere. Online domains such as Xanga, 
Myspace and Livejournal provide a free public journal. 

Myspace is similar to Facebook but is not limited to 
college students. The Myspace server allows its 
clients to display up to ten images and to post unlimit- 


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While Facebook and Myspace are generally used as 
tools for meeting and communicating with friends, 
Livejournal and Xanga are primarily online journals. 
Users can determine who has access to their journal 
entries by making them public, private or allowing 
friends or groups of friends access. 

Livejournal and Xanga also allow image hosting. 
Users with free Livejournal accounts can use, and alter- 
nate between, up to three user pictures. Those with 

paid accounts can 
use more. 

Also, like Face- 
book, Livejournal 
users can create 
and maintain 


ed weblog entries. 

Backgrounds, colorful fonts and images can also be 
used to personalize the Web site. Users can communi- 
cate with each other through the site's instant-messag- 
ing service, its e-mail service and through comments 
that can be left on both profile pages and in response to 

where people with similar interests can discuss them. 

Some are concerned that people post too much about 
their personal lives on the Internet. Ashlee Gary, a 
sophomore radiologic technology major, said, "The 
only negative thing about online communities, in my 
opinion, is the fact that many people you don't know 
have a chance to see you and get your information." 

Bad habits are 
worth breaking 

By Anh Do 

KRT Campus 

Call a stop-smoking hotline? 

Talk to someone else. 

That's the reaction - again and 
again - when I approach people I 
know constantly lighting up. 

I see them huddle. Smoking. 
Before lunch. After lunch. On 
break. Around the clock. 

Eagerly, as if sharing a secret, 
they lean in for a flame, then 
sit back to indulge. I worry, 
often asking why they do it, 
not wanting to see them 

The majority of Asian 
Pacific Islanders pick up the 
habit as young adults. Nearly 
half of the general smoking 
population starts between the 
ages of 18 and 21, according 
to the California Department 
of Health Services. 

Giao Pham, 35, has been 
puffing since the first day he 
arrived on campus when he 
was 18years old. 

"It's official, you're an adult 
now," an upperclassmen told 
Pham, a mechanical engi- 
neering major at Polytechnic 
University of Saigon. "This is 
to celebrate." 

At first he coughed and coughed, 
dragging on Jets, Thai cigarettes. 

But he stuck to it. 

"Everyone around me was smok- 
ing. It was a big deal, a reward for 
having gotten to college at a time 
when getting to college was very 
significant," he recalls. "Keep in 
mind that we were in a school with 
400 men versus five women. And 
the men smoked." 

"I can handle it," Pham, of West- 
minster, Calif., says. In his family, 
it's the in thing _ with his dad, with 
his brothers, with all his pals. 

Same with Mark Park of Irvine, 
Calif., addicted for a dozen years 
and in keeping with other 20-some- 

things who think they are invinci- 
ble _ even as 435,000 people die 
annually in the United States from 
tobacco use. Consider: Cigarettes 
kill more men and women than car 
accidents, suicide, homicide, AIDS, 
alcohol and illegal drugs com- 
bined, according to the American 
Cancer Society. 

Park is part of the 39.1 percent of 
Asians who smoke every day - 
compared with 29.5 percent of 

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whites - according to a report 
from the Asian and Pacific Islander 
American Health Forum. And it's 
as natural to him as shaving. 

"I like the feeling that you always 
have something to turn to, a ritual," 
he notes. "Several times in the 
morning, and the evening. I can 
quit any time I want to. I don't need 
any help." 

Brave words. I don't believe 

The California Smokers' Helpline 
averages 2,988 calls a month _ near- 
ly 8 percent coming from Asians _ 
and they're pushing to reach more. 
Koreans call the most, 28.6 percent, 
statistics show. 

This fits with the state's research 

that among Asian subpopulations 
in 2002, people of Korean descent 
had the highest smoking preva- 
lence rate: 19.8 percent, followed by 
Japanese with 14.6 percent, Filipino 
with 12.6 percent and Chinese with 
8.8 percent. 

Once someone hooks up to (800) 
NO-BUTTS, he or she is matched 
up with a counselor who speaks 
one of six available languages: Eng- 
lish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Viet- 
namese, Spanish and Kore- 
an. They offer resources. 
"Are you ready to quit?" 
they immediately ask 

If not, materials are sent 
to encourage the individual 
to think about it, seriously. 

If yes, there is counseling. 
An initial session lasts near- 
ly 40 minutes, followed by 
reading guides, followed by 
more calls, 10-15 minutes, 
when the smoker is relapse- 

"I'm very passionate 
about interacting and mak- 
ing sure we're behind 
them," says Marilyn de la 
Cruz, outreach specialist. 
She tried inhaling once, in 
campus m 8 n scno °l' didn't jive with 
it, plus her "father ruled 
with an iron fist and smoking was 
absolutely not permitted." 

She and her co-workers try to get 
their clients "to see the realistic con- 
sequences behind smoking in their 
individual lives," set target goals 
and, most importantly, a quit date. 
Asians, particularly Koreans, are 
keen on immediate results but "we 
let them know that becoming a 
nonsmoker is a process," de la Cruz 
and her specialists say. 

Pham isn't convinced that any- 
one can convince him. The young 
are hard to sway, he says. "A moth- 
er and father have no influence. 
"And cigarettes," he adds, "they're a 
perfect complement to coffee." 

4 ufe — The Current Sauce — Thursday, November 3, 2O05 

What's new 
in stores 

In Music 

• The Great Divide, Scott Stapp 
Confessions on a Dancefloor, 

Rosenot, Rammstein 

• Life Goes On, Terri Clark 

• 9.0 Live, Slipknot 

• Now, Vol. 20, Various Artists 

In Movies 

• Star Wars, Episode III: 
Revenge of the Sith 

• Sex and the City, the Com- 
plete Series 

• Charlie and the Chocolate Fac- 
tory (Nov. 8) 

• Christmas with the Cranks 
(Nov. 8) 


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By Chris Reich 

Each one of us deals with life's 
little ups and downs in our own 

Some of us choose to deal with 
our problems negatively. This 
might mean ignoring everyone one 
sight, staying in bed all day long or 
snapping bitterly at random 
passersby. Others might deal with 
their dilemmas by keeping busy 
with exercise, schoolwork or stick- 
ing closely to friends. 

Know how I deal with my prob- 
lems? You guessed it — shopping. 

Now, you might be thinking at 
this moment that I must have some 
super high credit card bills if I have 
to buy something every time the 
slightest little glitch arises (and 
some of you might be right); how- 
ever, shopping doesn't always 
include spending money. Some- 
times it just means taking time out 
from the world that's crashing 
down around me to look at some- 
thing beautiful. Something fun. 
Something expensive! 

For instance, my boyfriend of 
three years and love of my life i 
recently broke up with me. 
When it all happened I felt 
completely distraught, lost 
and unbelievably con- 
fused. Everything that I 
had held so near and 
dear to my heart for so 
long had just spit in my 
face, and it felt horrible. 

Just when I felt like 
my life had come to 
its bitter end, I 
decided that this 
was definitely 
something I would 
overcome and 
eventually move on 
with. The only 
problem was, I did- 
n't really know 
what to put all my nervous and 
angry energy into. So there I am, 

lying on the floor in my bedroom, 
wishing I could just close my eyes 
and wake up from this terrible 
nightmare, when I realized that I 
had better things to do. 

I immediately began to make a 
plan. I was going to start a work- 
out program, diet and regain the 
thing I had lost track of during the 
last three years — my self-esteem. 

Working out and dieting (with 
the help of my wonderful room- 
mates) really helped. I started feel- 
ing good about myself again and 
started laughing and smiling for 
the first time in a long 
while. Things were 
going really well at 
this point, but I .jt--'" 
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doing something, 
knew that there was 
something else I could 

be doing that would help "ease my 
pain." So I called my spiritual 
leader and had her make an 
appointment at the temple for me- 
the spiritual leader being my mom 
and my temple being the mall. 

That weekend I went home and 
my mom laid out the ground rules 
for our journey to Mecca (also 
known as the Louisiana Board- 
walk). These rules consisted of: 
window shop or browse around 
the entire mall before buying any- 
thing (so as not to purchase on 
impulse), purchasing only those 
items that were extremely 
classic, unique or needed, 
and taking frequent breaks 
(to regain strength and to take 
in sustenance to keep us 
going — shopping gets tiring!) 
At the end of the day we 
came home and compared our 
"finds" and argued over who got 
the better deals that day. It was 

It's sad, I know, but shopping 
really is therapeutic for me. Not 
only did it take my mind off of all 
the crap going on in my life; shop- 
ping was my cardio! And I have 
the blisters to prove it too! 

It has been almost two months 
since my breakup and I think that I 
am doing great. I'm staying busy, 
taking care of business and cherish- 
ing the important things in life. But 
every once in a while, I get a little 
depressed from thinking about 
"him." And that's when I either 
hop on-line to 
or take a short little trip to Wal- 
Mart. It might not sound like much 
and my bank account might be low, 
but shopping therapy definitely 
keeps me away from the shrink — 
until I come to terms with my 
shopping addiction! 

But that's a completely different 

White ear buds. Silhouette ads. 
U2, Madonna, Gorrilaz. $.99 a 
song. What do all of these have in 
common? Well, unless you have 
been living under a rock for the last 
few years, the iPod comes to mind. 
But what is it about the iPod that 
makes so many people wish they 
had one? 

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Well, for starters, it's much easier 
to carry around hundreds of songs 
in your back pocket than in a CD 
binder. CDs are becoming outdat- 
ed by current technology. 

How many readers, I wonder, 
buy a new CD, listen to it in the car 
on the way home, only to put it in 
their computer and never use the 
CD again? I did, so I stopped buy- 
ing CDs completely I just use the 
iTunes music store for a CD I want. 
It's a lot cheaper, 
and takes up less 
space than jewel 

Car-Audio Inte- 

Many of you drive 
older cars; ones where 
the CD player has 
stopped playing CD- 
Rs. My Jeep did, so I 
started looking into 

I wanted an iPod for a 
long time, so that 
was my first 
option. A new 
car stereo was 
the second. 

I decided on 
the iPod in the 
end. The ability to listen to 
all my music on the road or walk- 
ing around campus was the 
biggest selling point. It is nice to 
not have to rumble through CDs 
while driving (and a lot safer), 

plus, going for a long drive and 
making a new play list on my corrtj 
puter before leaving is much easiej 
when there is no burning of CDs 

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microphone attachment made for a 
CD player? What about using a CD 
player to store music and data? 

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RSSUrrSCtlOflSi Posthumous albums revive legendary artists 

By Ashley Pierce 

Opinions Editor 

"There never seems to be enough time/ 
To do the things you want to do/ . 
Once you find them/ 
I've looked around enough to know" 

-From Jim Croce's "Time In A Bottle" 

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;w big dealfrom Jim Croce, a folk singer /songwriter 
leos on thewho died in a plane crash in Natchitoches 
[uires thejust after playing a free concert at NSU. 
the iPodLithough Croce had put out several 
Desperateelbums at the time of his death, he had not 
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found stardom. His last performance, a 
mix of storytelling and singing, was report- 
ed to be brilliant, but he was not called to 
do an encore or approached by hysterical 
fans. His closing comment was, "See you 
later." Croce would never play again. 

Since his death, countless re-issues, com- 
pilations, and tribute albums have been 
released. It seems that Croce's true success 
came posthumously, an occurence not 
uncommon in the music industry. Here's 
our list of some of the best posthumously 
released albums, including Croce's Pho- 
tographs & Memories: 


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Jim Croce, Photographs & Memo- 
ries: His Greatest Hits 
(Atlantic/ Wea, 1995) 

Jim Croce's music and personality defi- 
nitely represented a dichotomy — some- 
times he played up the gritty mustachioed 
construction worker persona, and other 
times he was a sentimental fool. These 
were not really characters, however— Croce 
was unapologetically both. While Jim 
Croce is usually remembered for songs like 
"Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and "You Don't 
Mess Around With Jim," this collection 
showcases some of his best ballads, most 
notably "Time in a Bottle." 

Recommended tracks: Bad, Bad Leroy 
Brown, Time In a Bottle, Operator. 

If you like this, you might like: Joni 
Mitchell, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Cat 

Elliott Smith, from a basement on 
the hill (Anti, 2004) 

Elliott Smith, loved by cult fans and crit- 
ics alike for his gloomy, introspective song- 
writing, died in Los 
Angeles in October 
2003. While the offi- 
cial coroner's report 
lists Smith's death as a 
suicide (self-inflicted 
stab wounds, ahoy!), 
some fans and family 
members believe his 
death was a homicide. 
In 2004, indie record 
label Anti Records 
released from a base- 
ment on the hill, a col- 
lection of songs Smith 
was working on while 
on his Figure 8 tour, in 
addition to several 
songs he was working 
on in his own studio, 
New Monkey, before 
his death. The 

album's design features Smith's trademark 
handwriting and photographs taken by 
close friends and family members, includ- 
ing sister Ashley Welch. 

Recommended tracks: Pretty (Ugly 
Before), Twilight, King's Crossing, 

If you like this, you might like: Nick 
Drake, Bright Eyes, Wilco, Iron & Wine 

Nirvana, Unplugged in New York 
(Geffen, 1994) 

Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's 1995 
suicide was perhaps one of the most publi- 
cized deaths in the past century. Iconoclas- 
tic grunge kings, Nirvana transformed the 
music industry in the 90s and continues to 
influence popular music today. 
Unplugged features acoustic Nirvana clas- 
sics like "Polly" and "About A Girl," but 
the strongest tracks are — surprise — covers. 
Through brilliant versions of David 
Bowie's, "The Man Who Sold The World," 
and Leadbelly's, "Where Did You Sleep 
Last Night," Nirvana proves that they can 
take any song and transform it into their 

Recommended tracks: Plateau, Where 
Did You Sleep Last Night, About A Girl, 
The Man Who Sold The World, Something 
In the Way 

If you like this, you might like: Pixies, 
The Beatles, The Melvins, Meat Puppets, 
Beck, REM. 

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November 3, 2005 


Today's Birthday 

There's money flowing into 
your pockets this year. 
That's the good news. The 
bad news is that you'll have 
a tendency to squander. 
Resist that temptation. 

Aries (March 21 -April 19) 

Travel beckons, and this time it's 
worth your while to check it out. 
You'll discover amazing things 
out there, much to your delight. 

Taurus (April 20-May 20) 

You'll discover lots of new ways 
to save money over the next day 
or two. Everyone wants to barter, 
so hold out for the very best 

Gemini (May 21 -June 21) 

One of your favorite conversa- 
tionalists has a lovely idea. 
Encourage it _ don't argue. That 
would be counter-productive. 

Cancer (June 22-July 22) 

More work coming in. More con- 
fusion, too. Set up a new routine 
and make things go more 

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) 

True love will prevail again, much 
to your delight. A bold suggestion 
is apt to be merrily encouraged. 

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) 

The odds are high that your 
place is a mess. If it isn't, it wil 
be, soon. It could be you, tossing 
things out, doing your Novembei 

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) 

Ask questions, and you're apt to 
make an interesting discovery. 
Be bold talking about anything 
except money. 

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) 

There's a lot of money coming 
in. The challenge is to hold onto 
it. Learn the value of what you 

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) 

Now's the time to suggest the 
changes you believe will work. 
You've got a charming, charis- 
matic style. 

Capricorn (Dec. 22- Jan. 1 9) 

Get things arranged behind the 
scenes, so you'll be able to 
move quickly. You want every- 
thing to fall the right way when 
you give it a shove. 

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 1 8) 

The tension is broken. The 
adversaries get interested in 
other things. They may not ever 
know you helped, but if you 
cared, you did. 

Pisces (Feb. 1 9-March 20) 

People who have lofty ideas 
actually need your help. Point oii 
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College tuition is rising at a 
faster rate than financial aid, 
creating an increasingly bur- 
densome experience for 
students. According to the 
College Board — a non-profit 
institution that monitors sta- 
tistics relative to higher edu- 
cation ~ tuition and fees at 
public universities have risen 
at rates of 7.1 percent, 10 per- 
cent and 13 percent over the 
last three years respectively, 
while aid has increased only 3 
percent over the past two 

This lack of financial sup- 
port will force students to 
work more and rely more 
heavily on college loans. As a 
result, we are entering an era 
in which students from mid- 
dle-class families will not be 

able to enjoy the college expe- 
rience, at least not as much as 
in the past. 

Work will eliminate the 
idea that college is not only 
meant to be an academic edu- 
cation, but a social education 
as well. 

Pre-occupation with part- 
time jobs will cut into time 
that students would normally 
spend developing relation- 
ships with friends and partic- 
ipating in campus social 
activities. Students will spend 
less time eating burgers at the 
frat house and more time flip- 
ping burgers at Huddle 

Focusing solely on academ- 
ics and work is not healthy, 
and I believe that society will 
see negative ramifications if 
students continue to shoulder 
so much financial hardship. 

Many students will not be 
able to rely on their parents 
for additional support 
because the exorbitant costs 
of healthcare, gas, and home 

heating are already crushing 
the American middle-class. 

As a result, individual stu- 
dents will be hurt for the rea- 
sons mentioned earlier. Soci- 
ety will be damaged for the 
same reasons, and because 
people will bypass careers 
geared toward public service 
in favor of occupations that 
will help them to put a signif- 
icant dent in college debt as 
soon as they enter the work- 

Chris Diaz - who, in 2001, 
was a sophomore at St. 
Mary's University majoring in 
political science — said that 
loan debt may force him to 
forgo his dream of becoming 
an educator, or at least put it 
on hold. 

"I want to go back to my 
old neighborhood and teach, 
but I don't know if I can afford 
to do that if I have to pay back 
a hefty loan," said Diaz, who 
was 20 years old when he 
spoke to the San Antonio 
Express-News nearly five 

years ago. And this was 
before college cost increases 
went into overdrive. 

Social workers are another 
group of historically under- 
paid public servants. Accord- 
ing to the Washington Post, 
more than 
15 percent 
of the Dis- 
trict of 
bia's case- 
quit in the 
first three 
quarters of 
fiscal year 

Last year D.C.'s Child and 
Family Services Agency, 
aided by $3 million in federal 
funds, created a program to 
pay off its social workers' 
debt starting after they have 
served on the job for three 

"Students will spend while 
less time eating ^ is ste ; 
burgers at the frat by the fed- 
house and more time J^f™ 6 ™" 
flipping burgers at 
Huddle House." 


2004, a number that the city's 
Child and Family Services 
Agency attributes to the com- 
bination of low wages and 
college debt. 

"We're in a field where the 
pay is not as high as in other 
fields, but the education qual- 
ifications are high," said case- 
worker Catherine Howard of 
D.C. when she spoke to the 
Washington Post last year. 

Free web? Noway 

Edward Wasserman 

The Miami Herald (KRT) 

The notion that Internet 
content is generally "free" is 
one of the cyberworld's most 
cherished lies. In fact, Internet 
economics is complex and 

It consists of overlapping 
levels of subsidy, direct pay- 
ment and covert transfers, 
along with under-the-table 
bribes to Web users for per- 
sonal information most of us 
don't know we're giving up. 
But free it's not. 
One way or the other, 
^somebody's always paying. 
gUsually, that's you. A great 
ideal of content is funded 
Ithrough stiaight-up subsidy 
IStories, weblogs, commen- 
f tary _ much is produced by 
jpeople whose day jobs spill 
lover onto the Web. 

If the authors are free- 
1 lancers, they are providing 
1 uncompensated labor. This 
■column may be picked up by 
lany number of blogs and read 
iby people who pay nothing 
■for it. 

They think it's free; it's not. 
jit costs me plenty, in time and 
jsweat. In these cases, it's the 
i content producers who do the 

If the content is posted by 
•media organizations on "free" 
■sites, the online audience may 
■not pay but the offline audi- 
ence does. 

The cost is reflected in the 
^subscription price or the ad 
■rates charged for, say, the 

newspaper's print edition. 
One set of customers is likely 
paying to inform and amuse 
another set of customers, one 
of the less charming features 
of "free" cyberspace. 

More and more content is 
funded by stealth: furtive 
marketing devices that enable 
audiences to be identified, 
targeted and hit with sales 
messages. The keywords you 
plug into your Google search 

Google auctions them to 
advertisers to get their pop- 
ups alongside the search 

Your Web-based e-mail 
it's paid for by marketers who 
buy the right to scan mes- 
sages for tell-tales that qualify 
you as a potential customer 
so they can put ads on your 
screen. Are those services 

True, you're don't pay with 
cash. But you do pay, with 
precisely the same things you 
normally sell for dollars 
your time and attention. This 
isn't a trick of language. It's 
important to realize that all of 
these models are systems of 
payment, which extract costs 
from someone and confer 
benefits on someone, often 
someone else. 

Somebody's always pay- 
ing. Print subscribers pay for 
services used by online read- 
ers. Consumers of advertised 
products pay, through their 
purchases, for Web sites. For- 
get "Tree." 

The problem is that none of 

them offers a clean, logical 
way to do what markets are 
supposed to do: Enable buy- 
ers to pay sellers for what 
they use and to ensure that 
content producers are com- 
pensated by the people who 
benefit from their creations. 

The ideal would be an 
arrangement in which pro- 
ducers are rewarded for the 
value they create. That is 
tough to measure, but quanti- 
fying value is exactly what 
markets do. 

It would be reflected in the 
numbers of people who read 
or view the content, and that 
would be only part of the pic- 
ture. Specialized content of 
intense interest to fewer peo- 
ple would command higher 

So pay rates would have 
flexibility. Such are the broad 
lines of an Internet content 
market. Producers would be 
credited when their content 
was downloaded. 

They could code their con- 
tent, setting a price. If the 
work originates with a news 
organization, its account 
would receive the micro-pay- 

Hence, the system would 
be engineered to register not 
only charges but credits, since 
Internet users are often infor- 
mation sources. If you upload 
content viewed by others, 
you'd benefit from offsets 
against your usage. 

You'd be not only a paying 
customer, you'd be a paid 
producer. At the end of the 

month, along with your other 
utility bills, you'd be charged 
directly for your Internet 

And the producers of con- 
tent that you used would be 
paid for the value they creat- 
ed _ not for the advertisers or 
employers they helped feed. 
This would require assem- 
bling a generalized payment 

But standardization would- 
n't be any tougher than the 
Web protocols or domain 
naming systems that have 
long been in use, and the 
technical sophistication 
couldn't be any greater than 
the diabolically complex wiz- 
ardry that is used right now 
to track, record, compile and 
resell all kinds of data about 
what you do online. 

It may be fanciful, but the 
alternative isn't pretty. That's 
what we're lurching toward 
now, a costly system of pro- 
ducer subjugation wholly 
dominated by the goals of 
sales and manipulation, 
arrayed under the banner of 

Edward Wasserman is Knight 
professor of journalism ethics at 
Washington and Lee University. 
He wrote this column for Vie 
Miami Herald. Readers may 
write to him at: Tlie Miami Her- 
ald, 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, Fla. 
33132, or e-mail him at 

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Mary Brocato 

be neces- 
sary if only 
would increase aid to college 

But, not only has Congress 
failed to take this measure, 
they have also cut aid to 
many students, a change that 
took effect at the beginning of 
this fall semester. 

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smaller Pell Grants and tens 
of thousands more have had 

aid cut completely. 

Congressional leaders have 
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funds to some students from 
middle and working-class 
families - while at the same 
rime, increasing aid to the 
poorest students. 

But the fiscal-responsibility 
excuse has little credibility 
considering the amount of 
pork-barrel spending that has 
taken place in Congress this 

The federal government 
will reportedly save $300 mil- 
lion because of the student 
aid cuts, a significant amount 
to be sure. 

However, in the Trans- 
portation Equity Act of 2005, 
Congress appropriated $223 
million for a bridge in Alaska 
that has been hailed as the 
"Bridge to Nowhere" because 
it connects one tiny town to 
an even tinier island. 

The number of people that 
were served by this money is 
far fewer than the number of 
college students that could 
have been relieved of a 
tremendous financial burden 
with the same dollars. 

Unfortunately, the feds 
were too busy eating pork to 
realize how duplicitous this 
highway bill would make 
them look, and millions of 
students will have to suffer 
the financial consequences. 

The U.S. cannot have a suc- 
cessful future unless we 
invest in her academic pres- 
ent. I'm not saying that the 
federal government should 
take care of all of a student's 
financial need. 

However, Congress should 
contribute enough that a stu- 
dent doesn't feel the need to 
log more work hours than 
credit hours to avoid being 
buried by college loan debt. 


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SLC Tourney Time 

By Justin Hebert 

Sports Editor 

The Demon Soccer Team led all 
Southland schools with seven 2005 
All-Conference selections and sen- 
ior midfielder Heather Penico net- 
ted SLC Player of the Year honors. 
With the regular season over, NSU 
(11-5-1 overall, 6-1 in SLC) now pre- 
pares for the SLC Championship 
Tournament that kicks off today at 
the Demon Soccer Complex. 

Penico, the Demon's offensive 
captain, ranked fourth in the con- 
ference with 45 shots, fifth in shots 
per game with 2.65, and seventh in 
goals with six in her senior season. 

"I think that's great but I think 
that its also great that more people 
on our team made the all-confer- 
ence list than any other team in 
conference," Penico said. "Even 
though we didn't win conference, it 
says something about what the 
other coach say about our team." 

"I don't want to think about it at 
all though. It doesn't have any- 
thing to do with the tournament. 
I'm here to win the tournament. 
I'm not too worried about that." 

In 2002, Penico was named the 
SLC Freshman of the Year, leading 
the Demons in points (21), assists 
(7), shots (37), and shots on goal 

"I was glad to see her get that 
award because she's one that does 
a lot of things for our team that 
goes unnoticed," Demon head 
coach Jimmy Mitchell said. "Most 
years she's not going to lead us in 
goals or those things, but she's 
doing a lot of other things on the 
field that people don't see. This 
says a lot for her dedication and 
development as a player." 

Along with Penico, NSU had 
four other first-team ALL-SLC 
selections, the Demon's two lead- 
ing scorers junior Julie Zavala and 
sophomore Erin Hebert, and 
defenders Ashley Hadley and Tara 
Pawosnik, who was NSU's defen- 
sive captain. 

Gary Hardamon/NSU Media Service 

Demon senior midfielder tries to get past a McNeese defender Friday in NSU's 2-1 overtime win over the Cowgirls at the 
Demon Soccer Complex. Penico was among seven Demons name to the All-SLC team and was the SLC Player of the Year. 

Demon midfielders Mya Walsh, a Hannah Casey and goalkeeper group and I think our group has a 

Johnna Klohoker were selected for 
honorable mention. 
"We've got a really talented 

junior and Stephanie Miller, a sen- 
ior picked up second-team honors, 
meanwhile freshman midfielder 

really high work ethic," Mitchell 
said. "You're glad to see them get 
rewarded for that. Sometimes 

when we don't play well we play 
hard, and that's why I think we've 
been able to be successful as a team. 
Sometimes people don't always get 
recognized for that and I think it 
says a lot for them." 

NSU received a first round bye in 
the conference tourney and will 
play Friday at 7 p.m. in the semi- 
final as the No. 2 seed in the tour- 
nament. Regular season conference 
champs and No.l seed Stephen F. 
Austin (14-3, 7-0) also received a 
bye straight to the semifinal round. 

The Demons will take on the 
winner of Thursday's match-up 
between No. 3 Texas State (8-9, 5-2) 
and No. 6 McNeese State (5-10-1, 2- 
4-1) 2 p.m. While the Ladyjacks of 
SFA will be preparing for the win- 
ner of Thursday's first round game 
between No. 4 Sam Houston State 
(3-11-1, 3-3-1) and No. 5 Louisiana- 
Monroe (9-8-2, 2-3-2) which gets 
the tournament rolling at 11:30 a.m. 

Friday the Demons made a late 
comeback to push their game with 
McNeese to overtime and won 2-1 
on Lauren Miller's goal to remain 
unbeaten at home in their regular 
season finale. 

"The game meant nothing as far 
as the conference standings went," 
Mitchell said. "It was really impor- 
tant though because we wanted to 
be able to defend our field. It was 
good to see them get that excited." 

The other team NSU could possi- 
bly face in the semifinal round is 
third seeded Texas State. The 
Demons defeated the Bobcats 4-2 
earlier this season at home. 

"From a player's perspective 
that's good to have that confidence, 
but from a coaches perspective it 
concerns you because you don't 
want your players to overlook that 
first round game and think they 
can just show up and win," 
Mitchell said. 

If the Demons can get past the 
winner of the Texas State-McNeese 
match-up they will be playing in 
the championship game Sunday at 
1 p.m. 

Demons part of four- way tie for SLC lead 

Gary Hardamon/NSU Media Service 

Demon wide receiver and return man Toby Zeigler leads a sea of Northeastern 
defenders Saturday. Zeigler broke NSU's all-purpose yards record in the game. 

By Justin Hebert 

Sports Editor 

With only three weeks left in the 
regular season, the Demon football 
team is one of four teams with a 2- 
1 Southland Conference mark, and 
find themselves part of a four team 
logjam atop the SLC rankings. 

But after Saturday only two of 
those teams will be able to look 
down at the rest of the SLC. 

NSU will hope to gain ground in 
the league race Saturday at 6 p.m. 
as they host the Colonels of 
Nicholls State at Turpin Stadium. 

The other two teams in the race, 
Texas State, who were upset in 
overtime 32-39 by Nicholls in Thi- 
bodaux, and McNeese State will 
also face off Saturday in San Mar- 

The Demons may be expected to 
win Saturday, but the Colonels 
never consider themselves under- 
dogs to anyone. Nicholls has put 
up 40 points in wins against stingy 
NSU defenses the last two years, 
and were the Demons only SLC 
loss in their conference champi- 
onship run last season. In 2002 the 
Demons were victorious in Thibo- 
daux 21-14 but needed a fourth- 
quarter comeback to put them up. 

This year the Colonels are 
excelling where the Demons usual- 
ly dominate, boasting the nation's 

second-best rushing attack. 

But in past years it has been 
Nicholls passing game that has 
crushed NSU. Last season Nicholls 
accounted for 230 yards on only six 
pass completions with two touch- 
down strikes of over 50 yards and 
another just over 30. 

Two years ago they used the pass 
again, completing 85 and 48 yard 
touchdown passes beating the 
Demons 33-24 in Turpin Stadium, 
where they've only won three 
times out of 16 visits. 

Nicholls top-ranked offense 
boasts seven players with over 100 
yards on the ground in their triple- 
option attack. Fullback Broderick 
Cole leads the team with 522 yards, 
while tailbacks Joseph Tobias and 
Zach Morgan and quarterback Yale 
Vannoy have all totaled over 300 

The Colonels defense is also one 
of the top ranked in the SLC only 
giving up 109.2 yards per game 
rushing and 174.2 yards per game 

The Demons are hoping to 
improve on their 14-12 victory over 
Atlantic 10 competitor Northeast- 
ern Saturday at Turpin. The Purple 
Swarm defensive came up with 
two big defensive stands and sen- 
ior quarterback Davon Vinson led 
the Demons on two scoring drives 
of more than 70 yards as NSU took 

an ugly win to improve to 4-3. 

Vinson led the Demons in rush- 
ing for the fifth game this season 
picking up 137 yards. Tailback 
Shelton Sampson did the scoring 
for NSU picking up two touch- 
downs, both on one-yard runs. 

NSU receiver and return special- 
ist Toby Zeigler broke the school's 
all-purpose yardage record after 
gaining 101 total yards against 
Northeastern, 68 of which came on 
four catches. 

Senior linebackers Paul Mefford, 
who filled in at the safety position 
due to injuries to Bruce Woods and 
Jason O'Brien, and Marvin Byrd- 
song each recorded 11 tackles. 
Mefford had one tackle for a loss 
and Byrdsong recorded a sack for 
the Demons. 

Demon cornerback David 
Pittman, a Preseason All- American 
selection, came up with what 
might have been the higgest play of 
the game. After Northeastern 
pulled within two points midway 
through the fourth quarter, Pittman 
intercepted the Huskies two-point 
conversion try and the Demons 
were able to hold on to the victory. 

After Nicholls the Demons travel 
to McNeese for their final away 
game of the regular season in what 
could be a match-up of SLC lead- 
ers, but first they need to do what 
they haven't done in two years, 
beat the Colonels. 

defenders Saturday. Zeigler broke NSU's all-purpose yards record in the game. ry dominate, coasting tne nation s ot more man /u yards as insu tooK beat the Colonels. 

McConathy and the Demons ready for tip-off 

By Ashley Gordon 

Contributing Writer 

Coming off a very successful season, 
the Demons are ready to return to han- 
dle a bit of unfinished business after 
dropping last year's Southland Con- 
ference Tournament Championship 
game to Southeastern 

The Demons and Southeastern 
shared the regular season SLC crown 
in 2004-2005. 

"Seven seniors will be returning this 
year," assistant coach Mark Slessinger 
said. "The new additions to the team 
will be looking toward them for matu- 
rity on and off the court" 

The returning Demons accounted 
for more than 90 percent of last year's 

scoring and rebounding. 

The league head coaches have cho- 
sen NSU as the preseason favorite to 
win the SLC with Lamar predicted to 
finish second. 

Senior guard Jermaine Wallace, an 
All-Louisiana selection last season, 
was the only Demon to get preseason 
first team All-SLC honors. Returning 
starters at forward Clifton Lee, a senior, 
and Jermaine Spencer, a junior, were 
named to the preseason All-SLC sec- 
ond team. 

Head coach Mike McConathy has 
made adjustments to the offensive side 
of the court to make this a better season 
than the last. 

Slessinger acknowledges that the 
strength of the Demons is not an indi- 

vidual player, but the team as a whole. 

'The philosophy that we have is 
that our most valuable player is our 
team," Slessinger said. "The balance of 
our team is our greatest asset" 

The season will open Nov. 13 at 2 
p.m. in an exhibition game against 
Henderson State. The regular season 
begins Nov. 18 at noon against East 
Texas Baptist 

NSU will play a tough schedule 
once again this season Their non-con- 
ference schedule slates national con- 
tenders such as Missouri, Mississippi 
State and No. 6 Oklahoma State. 

NSU will participate in the 2006 
ESPN Bracket Buster Saturday 
event on Feb. 18 and the Hawaii 
Rainbow Classic Dec. 21-23. 

Gary Hardamon/NSU Media Service 

The 2004-2005 Demon basketball squad accepts their SLC Championship trophy 
jefore a Lady Demon's game last year at the SLC Tournament. 

This Just In 

Courtesy Sports 
Information Bureau 

Four Demons hope 
to rewrite records 

Senior receiver and return spj 
cialist Toby Zeigler broke NSU' 
career all-purpose yardage recoi 
Saturday. This week, he could al$( 
break the school's record for tot 

Zeigler needs to match laj 
week's total of four catches Sahjj 
day against Nicholls State to reac 
100 for his career and pass P; 
Palmer, who holds the currej 
record with 99. 

Zeigler already owns the schoo 
state and Southland Conferenc 
career punt return records wit 

Senior quarterback Davon Via 
son can move into second place fo| 
all-time NSU offensive yardage 
passing his coach, Scott Stoker. A 
a Demon quarterback from 1986 
89, Stoker had 5,069 total yardj 
rushing and passing. Vinson jj 
threatening that record with 4,853 

Current Demons defensivi 
coordinator Brad Laird holds th 
school's total offense record, pilin 
up 6,037 yards as a quarterbac 
from 1991-95. 

With 180 points scored, senid 
tailback Shelton Sampson is with 
in range of the year-old careg 
scoring mark. Last season, tailbad. 
Derrick Johnese surpassed kicke 
Keith Hodnett's record of 19! 
points and finished his career will 

Junior Derrick Doyle, who mack 
three catches Saturday to hike hi 
total to 83, entered the Demons 
career receiving top 10. Doyle is L' 
receptions away from breaking thi 
current mark, with the rest of thi 
year and his senior season left t( 

SFA men, Lamar 
women repeat as 
SLC champions 

Stephen F. Austin's men earna 
their fifth straight Southland Con 
ference Cross Country Champi 
onship Monday morning wl 
the Lamar women won their 9 
ond straight SLC title as the 
conference members competed 
NSU's Demon Hills Golf Course. 

The host teams were not ca 
tenders for the team titles, but 
Lady Demons did lead the fr 
Louisiana-based SLC members 
the team standings, trailing the sb 
Texas teams. 

In the men's standings 
McNeese State was the to) 
Louisiana team, taking third place 
with NSU ranking third amonf 
state schools and ninth place over 
all. The men's individual champt 
on was SFA junior Cody Clark 
who ran the 8,000-meter course 
25:34, 12 seconds ahead of the 

SFA's Ashley Monteau repeal 
as women's individual champion 
The junior out-distanced the fiek 
with a 20:55 time that was] 
minute better than the second 
place runner. 

Senior co-captain AbbJ 
Salomon lead the Demons, firui 
ing 32nd with a time of 24: 
Senior Ruth Kinhanjui finish 
34th with 24:40, and senior co-c af 
tain Margeaux Fisher was 381 
with 25:01. 

They were followed on the N^ 
scorecard by freshman Ashley T< 
rell (40th, 25:16),junior LesJ 
Lambert (54th, 26:48) and fre 
man Laurie Campbell (61st, 29:211 

The 28th-place finish of fresl 
man Chris Pearson (27:28) pace* 
NSU's men. Sophomore Stephd 
Kemei (33rd, 27:42), sophomoi 
Gideon Rotich (48th, 29:31), junil 
Aaron Heflin (53rd, 30:13) and jul 
ior Phillip Hattaway (55th, 31:21 
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moved to 1 p.m. 

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be the second for McNeese tM 
season in its home stadium. 

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nar on Monday at 1 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. 

The seminar is open to all students and faculty. 

Refreshments will be offered. 

NSU to host powwow 

The first NSU Powwow will take place at the Recreation 
Complex Clubhouse Saturday at 2 p.m. 

The Caddo Culture Club of Binger, Okla. will perform tra- 
ditional songs and dances that predate the tribe's exodus 
from Louisiana in 1835. 

The event is open to the public. 

Argus accepting submissions 

Argus, NSU's art and literary magazine, is accepting 
entries for its 2006 edition. 

This year's categories are poetry, fiction, creative nonac- 
tion, art and photography. 

Submissions should be e-mailed to or 
dropped off in room 318 of Kyser Hall. 

Students may submit up to three works in each category. 
The submission deadline is Dec. 9. 

Prizes of $100, $50 and $25 will be awarded to the first, 
second and third place winners in each category. 

For more information, contact Monica Gremillion at 357- 

SAB positions open 

The Student Activities Board is accepting applications for 
several open positions. 

The open positions are: Bossier Hall Residential Repre- 
sentative; Sabine Hall Residential Representative; Repre- 
sentative at Large; Freshman Factor Committee Head 
(requires previous SAB experience). 

Applications are available in room 214 of the Student 
Union and are due by 4 p.m. on Nov. 11. 

All students are welcome to attend SAB board meetings 
on Mondays at noon in the Cane River Room of the Stu- 
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plans for fall 

By Katie Lopez 

Sauce Reporter 

From a lecture on UFOs to 
new bike racks on campus, 
the SGA is working to 
enhance NSU's campus. 

Alan Sypert, senior music 
education major and SGA 
president, said in the past the 
Senate has only dealt with 
issues after they happened. 
This year the Senate wants to 
make sure they recognize and 
address problems before they 

"All the officers attended a 
retreat this year and I feel that 
the retreat has helped us. I 
feel that we are more produc- 
tive this year," Sypert said. 

Sypert said the SGA has 
been working on grants to 

help fund programs for 
organizations on campus. In 
order to receive a grant, the 
organization, which is usually 
a community service pro- 
gram, needs to apply. A com- 
mittee then reviews the stu- 
dent government budget and 
decides how much funding 
the organization will receive. 
The Senate then decides 
whether to approve the appli- 

Sophomore biology major 
and Student Academic Affairs 
Commissioner Natasha Ben- 
nett said the SGA just passed 
a bill to get more bike racks 
around the university. 

"We did this because of the 
gas prices rising and we 
know that many students are 
starting to ride bikes instead 

of driving," Bennett said. 

The SGA also recently 
brought lecturer Robert Hast- 
ings to NSU. 

Hastings discussed UFOs 
using previously classified 
government documents Tues- 
day in Magale Recital Hall, 
Bennett said. 

"I thought that students 
would enjoy Mr. Hastings. 
After I spoke to him on the 
phone I realized that he is 
very passionate about his 
subject. He made me a believ- 
er when I talked to him," Ben- 
nett said. 

The SGA also sponsored a 
Tae-Kwon-Do seminar on 
Nov. 2 in the Student Union 
Lobby. This seminar taught 
students self-defense tech- 

Sypert said the SGA is also 
working on the Demon Dis- 
count Program. This pro- 
gram will allow NSU stu- 
dents to receive discounts at 
participating local stores and 
restaurants by showing their 
NSU I.D.s, Sypert said. 

"We are waiting until we 
have more businesses before 
we start to print the cards up 
with the names of the local 
businesses on them," Sypert 

Another activity the SGA 
recently hosted was Mon- 
day's "Meet Your Senator 
Day." This forum allowed 
students and student organi- 
zations to meet with members 
of the SGA and discuss their 
ideas and concerns, Sypert 

Other items on the SGA 
agenda include funding for 
more educational programs, 
such as sign language and 
budgeting classes. 

Students who want to have 
a say in how NSU functions 
are welcome to get involved 
in the SGA and by running 
for a Senate seat. Qualifica- 
tions include a minimum 
GPA of 2.0 and good academ- 
ic standing with the universi- 
ty, Bennett said. 

The SGA also recently 
named Shayne Creppel and 
Muhammad-Habib Jamil 
Senators of the Month for 

The SGA holds open meet- 
ings every Monday at 7p.m. 
in the Student Union's Cane 
River room. 

Hurricane brings film 
crew to Natchitoches 

Cheryl Thompson / The Current Sauce 

(Top) The crew of Scarlet prepares to film at the Prudhomme-Rouquier House on Front Street. (Bottom right) A closeup shot of one of the crew's cameras. 

By Andi Bass 

Sauce Reporter 

"Did you go to the rave for 
some extra cash? Have you 
spotted Rebecca Gayheart?" 

These are just a few of the 
unusual questions students 
have been asking each other 
since Scarlet, a Lions Gate tel- 
evision pilot, began filming in 
Natchitoches in late October. 

The pilot was originally set 
to film in New Orleans but 
was nearly scratched because 
of the time and money lost 
due to Hurricane Katrina. 
The producer, Bill Hill, said, 
"we lost over one million dol- 
lars" and he "could have shot 
three [pilots] in the time it has 
taken me to do this one." 

After some scouting, the 
film crew relocated to Natchi- 
toches and began scouting 
out students to use as interns 
in the office and background 

Hill said the crew filmed a 
party scene at the cotton gin 
on Thursday that featured 
approximately 135 people, 
most of whom were students. 

One of those students was 
Jeremy Thompson, a fresh- 
man business administration 

"It was a long day. It is a 
big process to get one little 
scene," Thompson said. "It 
was fun." 

HUT said the days are long 
with "no less than fourteen 
hours a day," but the cast and 
crew have still found time to 
experience Natchitoches. In 
addition to attending football 
games, Hill has sat in on sev- 
eral theater productions at 
the university and said there 
is a lot of great talent in town. 

Van White, a third year the- 
ater major, said, "It's great to 
have the experience of work- 
ing on film and the chance to 
network with people in the 
industry. This can really help 
the students and the town's 

Hill said his company is 
spending $3.5 million on the 
pilot, much of which will be 
spent in Natchitoches. 

In July of 2002, Louisiana 
adopted tax incentives for the 
film industry. Since the pro- 

gram began, "movie compa- 
nies have spent $900 mil- 
lion... in the state" according 
to a report by The Advocate 
in Baton Rouge. That is up 
from $20 to $70 million in 
prior years according to a 
report by the Los Angeles 

The tax incentives played a 
major role in bringing Scarlet 
to Louisiana rather than to a 
Hollywood production lot. 
The tax incentives are "what 
has driven Hollywood to 
come here," Hill said. 

Hill said Lions Gate is also 
considering bringing $200 
million worth of business to 
the state. 

Hill said if Scarlet is picked 
up by the network, its crew 
will get an order for twelve 
more episodes, which they 
hope to film in New Orleans. 
If New Orleans is unavail- 
able, they will film in Shreve- 
port and use Natchitoches as 
a back lot. The series would 
then begin airing in June. 

"It's exciting. We are like 
Hollywood now," Thompson 



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SAB plans holiday events 

By Lela Coker 

Sauce Reporter 

The Student Activities Board is 
planning events to help get stu- 
dents in the holiday spirit. 

One of the first activities planned 
is "Holiday in Iberville." It will be 
held Nov. 28-30 from 11 a.m. to 1 
p.m. in the cafeteria. Various stu- 
dent organizations will be provid- 
ing festive entertainment. 

"We are trying to reach out to the 
students of Northwestern who 
never come to the Student Union 
where most SAB events are," Assis- 

tant Director of Student Activities 
and Organizations Yonna Pasch 

The SAB Lagniappe Committee 
is scheduled to host "Unwrap the 
Fun" in the Student Union lobby 
Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This 
event is a feast that will allow stu- 
dents to invite spouses, children 
and other family members to eat a 
holiday meal on campus. 

"'Unwrap the Fun' is for nontra- 
ditional and traditional students," 
Pasch said. "Build-A-Bear will be 
there and students' families can 
come and eat with them by having 

the student show their NSU stu- 
dent ID card." 

Other upcoming events are resi- 
dential hall holiday parties. Varna- 
do is hosting the "Tree Trimming 
Get Together" Nov. 28 from 5-7 pm. 
The University Columns are hav- 
ing a "Step in the Name of Love" 
dance Nov. 29 starting at 8 p.m. The 
New Residence Hall and Boozman 
will both have parties on Dec. 1. 
The New Residence Hall gift 
exchange will be from 7-9 p.m. and 
the "Boozman Hall Bash" will start 
at 9 p.m. 

"The whole idea of having resi- 

dential representatives is to work 
with the RAs to bring events to the 
students," Pasch said. "That way 
more than one person is planning 
the event." 

Pasch said she has been pleased 
with the student turnout at SAB 
events this semester. 

"At every event we have had so 
far we have exceeded the number 
of students we planned for. That's a 
great problem to have," Pasch said. 

SAB uses student surveys and 
feedback to help plan events and is 
funded with student fees. 

"It's the students' money we are 

using and we would like their 
input," SAB President Jessica Lee 
said. "We put on fun events for the 
campus. We want to please the stu- 

SAB meets every Monday and 
Wednesday at noon in the Cane 
River Room of the Student Union. 
SAB elections will be held Nov. 14. 
Available positions include repre- 
sentatives at large and residential 
representative for Sabine and 
Bossier Halls. Applications can be 
picked up in room 214 of the Stu- 
dent Union and are due Nov. 11. 

Starting this 

Professional UFO researcher 
delivers presentation at NSU 

By Kyle Shirley 

News Editor 

"What you are about to see and 
hear may seem like science fiction, 
paranoid delusions or an elaborate 
practical joke. I assure you it is 
none of those things," professional 
UFO researcher Robert Hastings 
said at the onset of his presentation 
Tuesdav night in Magale Recital 

About 150 people attended 
Hastings' presentation "UFOs: The 
Hidden History." Hastings said 
this lecture is the product of almost 
four decades of research on the 
U.S. government's efforts to con- 
ceal the existence of UFOs from the 

Hastings employed excerpts 
from over 100,000 pages of previ- 
ously classified documents he and 
other researchers have obtained 
through the Freedom of Informa- 
tion Act as well as interviews with 
retired Air Force personnel in an 
attempt to prove that UFOs are real 
and the government is well aware 
of them. 

"Whether or not this deception 
by the U.S. government on the 
American public was and is justifi- 
able. . . is open to debate," Hastings 
said. "My opinion is that it is sim- 
ply a matter of time- it may be 
tomorrow, it may be another 50 
years- but all of this will be out in 
the open. 

Chris Reich / The Current Sauce 

Robert Hastings presents "UFOs: The Hidden History" 
Tuesday in Magale Recital Hall. 

"I think we're all in 
for a very interesting 
future, if not a rude 

The lecture included 
a slideshow, the pres- 
entation of federal 
documents pertaining 
to UFO encounters 
and a question and 
answer session. 

The bulk of Hast- 
ings' presentation 
focused on UFO sight- 
ings at or near military 
sites, particularly 
those that house 
nuclear weapons. 
Hastings said these 
incidents only account 
for about one percent 
of all UFO encounters, 
but he finds them to 
be of significance 
because UFO sight- 
ings have increased 
dramatically since the 
invention of nuclear 

Following the first 
wave of UFO sight- 
ings in the U.S. in 
1947, Hastings said 
the Air Force began 
the first UFO research 
project, SIGN. He said 
this was followed by a 
CIA "debunking" 
campaign that began 

New degree program to be 
offered beginning in spring 

By Ashley Lewis 

Sauce Reporter 

Beginning in the spring 2006 
semester, NSU will offer a Bachelor 
of Arts degree in heritage 

The program, which will be 
within the School of Social Sci- 
ences, will complement the new 
master's in heritage resources and 
will replace the Bachelor of Arts in 

The major will have three con- 
centrations: anthropology, geogra- 
phy and historic preservation. 
There will be no minor, but stu- 
dents will be able to choose two of 
the three concentrations. 

Professor of Anthropology Pete 
Gregory said, "Students in the 
major will be able to find jobs as 
curators, researchers and with con- 
tract firms dealing with past cultur- 
al resources." 

Associate Professor of Geogra- 

phy Dean Sinclair said, "The pro- 
gram will examine the physical 
and intangible cultural materials of 
anthropology and geography." 

Students currently majoring in 
anthropology will still graduate in 

"Most anthropology students 
went to work in heritage resources. 
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broader venue to get out and get 
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in 1957 to prevent panic among 
U.S. citizens. Hastings said this 
campaign is still in effect today. 

Hastings said his research has 
left him completely convinced that 
UFOs exist and are extraterrestrial 
in nature. 

"I no longer have the luxury of 
taking that leap of faith and saying, 
'This isn't real,'" Hastings said. 
"There are too many independent 
sources, too much radar data say- 
ing there are craft doing things in 
our atmosphere that we can't even 
do today. So the inference is that 
some form of higher technology is 
here. I just can't believe that some 
secret human project is responsible 
for all this." 

SGA Academic Affairs Commis- 
sioner Natasha Bennett said the 
SGA paid Hastings $1,900 to lecture 
at NSU. 

"We received his information in 
the mail," Bennett said. "We have 
lots of booklets of many speakers, 
and I was reading his and I just 
thought it would be interesting 
because it can apply to everybody." 

Bennett said she found Hastings' 
presentation to be convincing. 

"I think they (UFOs) are out 
there," Bennett said. 

Senior journalism major Brad 
Hartley agreed. 

"He confirmed my beliefs that 
UFOs are out there. I've seen them, 
and I know that they were UFOs 
now," Hartley said. "I thought it 

(the presentation) was good but it 
was a little dull the way it was pre- 
sented. But it was informative." 

Senior studio art major Elliot 
Westphal said, "I thought that he 
had checked his sources very well 
and he seemed rather knowledge- 
able. But I felt it was kind of slow. 
But I liked it overall. 

"I believe in UFOs and aliens of 
some sort already. So he pretty 
much just reassured me of what I 
already thought." 

Other students were not as con- 

"It's pretty hard to convince me 
of anything," said junior general 
studies major Summer Broadway. 
"Possibilities are endless." 

Ben Apperson, a senior anthro- 
pology major, said "I thought that 
his material was out of date and he 
could have presented it in a more 
modern fashion. I don't think that 
they (UFOs) have been proven with 
empirical evidence." 

Despite his skepticism, Apperson 
said he thought Hastings was a bet- 
ter speaker than other guest lectur- 
ers at NSU. 

"It was a lot better than Ultimate 
Warrior or Ken Jennings," Apper- 
son said. 

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Has the first semester left you burned out? 
Need a few tips on how to get ahead next semester? 
The 'Sauce has some advice that might ease your mind: 

On Roommates 

By Jimmy Brown 

Contributing Writer 

What would the college experience be like without 
having a roommate at least one time? 

Just imagine not having your best buddy to come 
home to and talk to after a long day at school or some- 
one to hang and watch movies with. 

This ideal image of roommates is often ruined when 
the roommate from Hades steps into the picture. 

Freshmen suitemates Lindsey Chiles and Robin 
Cooke encountered that particular roomie when they 
moved into the new residence hall earlier this semes- 

Chiles and Cooke, both elementary education 
majors, said their room- 
mate could be messy at ^ mm ^^^^^^^^^^ 

times, which usually 
sparked conflicts. 

"She never did the dish- 
es," Chiles said. "She 
never wanted to do any- 
thing. You have to ask her 
again, again and again." 

Cooke added, "She 
knew I was kind of neat, 
and she would try to be as 
messy as possible to aggra- 
vate me." 

To solve issues like hav- 
ing a messy roommate, 
Chiles said she would just 
try to ignore the situation. 

Cooke also said she would ignore it, but with a twist. 

"I killed her with kindness," she said. "But at 
times," Cooke said, "being kind would not do the 

"I'd be doing a paper, and she would be on her side 
of the room, talking on the phone while I'm trying to 
concentrate on a serious paper. And I would have to 
ask her to go talk on the living room so I could con- 
centrate on my things," she said. 

Another inconsiderate thing the suitemates' roomie 
would do was come home late and wake up those in 
the suite.Sometimes she would not come home at all or 
bring guys home. 

In fact, Cooke, who never had to share a room before 
in her life, said becoming adjusted to others' morals 
was one of the toughest aspects to get used to when 
she moved into the hall. 

Photo illustration by Harvey Briggs/the current Sauce Meanwhile, everything is peachy for the suitemates 

I was willing to share 
my things, share my 
space. It's difficult when 
you have a roommate who 
doesn't want to share." 

Robin Cooke 

Freshman elementary education major 

since the one who was causing trouble moved to 
another dorm room. 

Chiles and Cooke said they tried to make things 
work but were unsuccessful. Cooke said she tried to 
talk the roommate who was unwilling to communi- 

"I was willing to share my things, share my space. 
It's difficult when you have a roommate who doesn't 
want to share and who wants their own everything. 
That's what makes it hard," Cooke said. 

Susan Willis, an RA. at Sabine Hall, agreed with 
Cooke saying roommates should "just be open to one 
another" in order to make the living arrangements 

But that is easier said than done, especially if the 
roommates do not know the ones they are opening up 

Before meeting her new roommates, Cooke said she 
^^^^^^^^^^^^ was horrified about moving 
away from home. 

"I went down to church, 
and I was praying with my 
pastor, and I was crying 
because I was terrified 
because I didn't know who 
my roommate was going to 
be. I've been praying that 
they were going to put me 
with a good person," she said. 

Chiles also was nervous 
about the transition. 

"I was scared to death. I 
cried every night for about a 
week," she said. 

Willis, a studio art major, 

acknowledged that being 
away from home for the first time and living a with a 
stranger can be somewhat terrifying. She said unless 
dorm residents specify a roommate, they are assigned 
a dorm room with a random student. 

Willis said as an R.A., she tries certain techniques to 
break the ice among the residents and make the transi- 
tion easier. She said she usually has the residents on 
her floor to meet and greet and she also have a movie 
night where the residents can bond and get to know 
each other better. 

But still, certain problems arise after the bonding, 
but the only advice Willis can give to help ease the sit- 
uation is one must acknowledge that people have dif- 
ferent habits, and roommates should try to get used to 
each others' ways and should adjust their own to be 

Five people at NSU every freshman should know 

By Lora Sheppard 


Having trouble being a new kid 
on campus without knowing 
where to go or who to go to? 
Among classes, work and sleep 
deprivation perhaps you feel a bit 
lost on how to make next semester 
smoother than your first. 

Luckily, here's a guide for next 
semester - five people who are 
always good to know on campus. 

Department Secretary 

First and foremost, the one per- 

son that is absolutely essential to 
know is your academic depart- 
ment's secretary. Not only do they 
know everything that is going on in 
a department (and often what is 
happening in the university), they 
are also usually willing to help the 
random student that wanders into 
their office for guidance. Don't 
worry - the upperclassmen do it 

Academic Adviser 

Another handy person to get to 
know is your academic adviser. It 
is difficult among all the hustle and 

bustle of the semester to remember 
when registration is creeping up. 
However, in that moment 
of Oh my God, regis- 
tration starts 
tomorrow panic, 
keep in mind 
that your adviser 
is your best ally 
for mapping 
your academic 
They can help 
you find the 
right combination 

of classes to 

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Scholarship and Financial 
Aid Advisers 

Two people not often thought of 
come from very important depart- 
ments on campus that has deep ties 
with the students. The first is Patri- 

cia McKnight in the Scholarship 
office; the second is Misti Adams in 
Financial Aid. These two women 
can help students with I need 
money for next semester panic. 
They can answer questions about 
how to acquire scholarships and 
other forms of aid such as Stafford 
Loans and Pell Grants, often vital 
components in a college student's 

The Chief of Staff 

Last but not least, you should get 
to know Dr. and Mrs. Webb, the 
president and "first lady" of NSU. 

Making yourself known to them 
can make you recognizable, and 
you're no longer just a faceless stu- 
dent in the crowd. The Webbs are 
here for the students and are will- 
ing to hear any concern a student 
wishes to voice. 

Keep in mind that your RA, the 
workers in Health Services and 
Aramark as well as some others are 
just as important. Introduce your- 
self; get to know people. It's a large 
part of the college experience and 
every little bit helps. 

Information gathered by Andi Bass/the Current Sauce 

On Textbooks 

By Andi Bass 

Sauce Reporter 

How much did you spend on textbooks last semes- 
ter? $300, $400, $500? 

Costs continue to rise, and students are trying new 
ways to beat high prices and keep a little more money 
in their pocket. 

Rather than paying full price at the bookstore, some 
students prefer to buy used books. "They are cheaper 
and sometimes notes are already highlighted in it" 
sophomore nursing major Andrew Moon said. 

However he added that they are "sometimes out of 
the books you need". 

Borrowing and trading books is another way stu- 
dents are cutting expenses. "Book prices are ridicu- 
lous" said Cody Biggers, a sophomore nursing major, 
who borrowed a Psychology 1010 book from his room- 
mate. By borrowing the book rather than buying it, he 
saved $53.25. "It's a great way to go" he added. 

Michael Davis, a computer information science jun- 
ior, lent his calculus book to a friend in exchange for 
his friend's history book. 

"It saved us both a lot of money" he said. is becoming more than a tool for com- 
municating with friends, it is now also a way to trade 
books. The group Textbook Swap has over 135 mem- 
bers who post books they are selling or looking to buy 
on the message board. 

Biggers, who is a member of this group, said "It's 
cheaper than buying it in the store and it seems safer 
than buying online." 

Other students are looking beyond Natchitoches, 
purchasing their books from Maine, California and 
everywhere in-between. The Internet has created a vir- 
tual marketplace for new and used textbooks, often at 
drastically reduced prices. 

Ashley Magee, a English and journalism double 
major, has turned to the internet to purchase books 
from several of her English classes. 

Her experiences were mixed. She was disappointed 
with the two books she ordered from The 
site described the books as practically new but "it was 
nothing like the description" she stated. 

"I feel like I got cheated" she added. 

Her experience with was quite differ- 

"I was a lot happier with The descrip- 
tion was pretty close to what they said." she said of the 
five books she purchased from them. 

For students who decide to venture online, there are 
a few tips to help avoid getting ripped off. 

Look for ratings. Sites such as, and use a rating systems that 
allow users to see how happy past buyers were with a 
seller. A good rating helps insure that the book will 
come in the condition it is described as. 

Always check the ISBN number. This is a 10-digit 
number used to identify the textbook Students can e- 
mail their professors for the upcoming semester to find 
out this number. This insures that students get the cor- 
rect edition of the textbook needed for the class. 

According to a 2005-2006 College Board report the 
average student shells out $421.50 a semester on text- 
books. This number is on the rise but with a little inno- 
vative thinking students can find ways to beat the 
increasing costs. 

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'Surf's up' with Online Shopping 

'The Quitter' still hard at work 

In last week's column we learned 
that Raquel has a serious shopping 
problem. Duh. Thaf s a given. In 
this week's column we'll learn all 
the methods to spending madness. 
And it all begins online. 

Ok enough with the third-per- 
son talk! Folks, this is Natchitoches 
and it is obvious that we really 
have no shopping amenities to suit 
any college student's needs. Grant- 
ed, Wal-Mart and Cato make great 
places to kill time, but there are 
really great places to find unique 
fashions that will fit your personal- 
ity. There are alternatives to these 
businesses, but you would either 
have to drive to Shreveport or 
Alexandria, and when you are on a 
budget to find what you want 
already, spending money on gaso- 
line just isn't worth it sometimes. 
This is where going online helps. 

As I said in the last column, I 
love shopping on the Internet. It's 
probably my favorite pastime here 
at NSU. When I'm bored at home 
and there's nothing to do, you can 
bet that I'm in front of my comput- 
er screen looking at cocktail dress- 
es, gaucho pants or even worse, 
shoes! Sometimes I don't even pur- 
chase clothing, sometimes its furni- 
ture or electronics. Whatever the 
case may be, shopping online 
makes it easy and convenient for a 
busy college kid like me. 

Of course, shopping online can 
be dangerous. With any serious 
clicking around a site, you could 
find yourself purchasing a really 
expensive pair of pants (that you 
really wanted) accidentally on pur- 
pose. And on a serious note, iden- 
tity theft is a big issue with online 
shopping. But for the most part, 
purchasing on the Web can be a 
safe and fun experience, especially 
if it is a "secure" or "trusted" ven- 

So to help out the bored college 
student in desperate search of safe, 

secure vendors that offer great mer- 
chandise, here are some great links: 

This website is an excellent 
source for anything you may ever 
want or need. car- 
ries everything from designer 
clothes, shoes and handbags to dis- 
counted MP3 players and exotic 
furniture from Bali. I have pur- 
chased countless items from the 
site because it offers me such a 
wide selection of products at a very 
reasonable price and it offers me 
complete purchasing protection 
and reassurance when I see the seal 
of the Better Business Bureau. So 
pay attention to the television com- 
mercials that tell you that if you 
want the "big O" go to Over- They're not lying! 

If you are a girl with cute spunky 
style, you'll love this eclectic online 
shopping place. Not only does this 
site have an open merchandise cat- 
alog for all your apparel needs, it 
also offers fun stuff like quizzes, 
celebrity gossip and contests. This 
is what I would consider the ulti- 
mate in "girlie shopping!" You get 
mental stimulation and visual stim- 
ulation at the same time — and you 
definitely can't get that from going 
to class! is similar to except it has a more 
sophisticated style. If you are kind 
of a "preppy" dresser, then this 
place is for you. You'll find the lat- 
est trends and fashions at reason- 
able prices and you can bet that 
whatever you purchase will be 
unique. They like to use unusual 
fabric prints and extraordinary tex- 
tures to piece together their outfits, 
which really reel in a "window- 
surfer." I have been purchasing 
from since I was older 
enough to memorize my daddy's 

credit card number (just kidding!) 
and it has been a real pleasure. Not 
only do you receive your merchan- 
dise in a fairly timely manner, they 
have an excellent return policy 
which allows you to return any- 
thing at no cost to you — shipping is 
on them! 

Are you a shoe freak like me? I 
swear; if I could have all my 
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color I would, believe me. With, it is possible. You can 
find just about any style of shoe in 
just about any color. It's great! This 
place is like Mecca for your feet. 
Looking for a comfortable pair of 
converse tennis shoes? On the 
prowl for a pair of leopard print 
pumps? Admiring you're your 
roommates new leather boots? is where you should 

Wow. That is about all I can say 
for this online wardrobe. When 
you log on to this site, you might be 
a little surprised at its content. 
Everything available through this 
Web site is completely vintage, 
from sexy little black dresses to 
comfortable robes and pajamas. 
They also offer suits to fit any size 
waist or bust. Take a look 
around — there's something on this 
site to make any girl feel "Audrey- 

Those are my favorite online 
places to shop, folks. There are 
plenty more Web sites out there 
that might suit your needs and 
style more than these, so don't be 
afraid to surf around and find 
something just for you. Remember, 
if you are not planning on purchas- 
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Harvey Pekar is a mad scientist 
with a pen and little-to-no interest 
in science. 

For more than 25 years, Pekar 
has shone his dim beacon of pes- 
simism via his autobiographical 
everyman comic, American Splen- 
dor. Now, with the release of his 
new graphic novel, The Quitter, he 
takes readers back to his Cleveland 
youth to expose his curmudgeon 

While the American Splendor 
comic books often lead readers to 
view Pekar as a comical character, 
his more recent works, such as Our 
Cancer Year and The Quitter paint 
him more as a human being. The 
humor is always there, but as an 
undertone rather than a theme, and 
many of the scenes are more likely 
to bring tears than laughter. 

Pekar teamed with artist Dean 
Haspiel and letterer Lee 
Loughridge to illustrate the dark 
cloud he has been trying to shake 
his entire life. An anxiety disorder 
and an inferiority complex, each 

probably due to his inability to per- 
form up to his parents' near-impos- 
sible standards, seem to drive 
Pekar down roads few would want 
to travel. The bizarre attitudes of 
his parents and their psychological 
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being pounded by gangs of kids in 
his old neighborhood, he found 
that he was quite good, almost 
unbeatable, at a one-on-one match. 
Beating up some of Cleaveland's 
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respect that he wanted, but it didn't 
really make him happy. 

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self-fulfilling prophecy. From the 

age of ten, he worked at menial 
dead-end jobs, a pattern that con- 
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Any jobs that would have earned 
him more prestige than his position 
as a file clerk were impossible 
because his anxiety would have 
never allowed him the stability to 
perform them. 

In 2003, American Splendor, a 
movie based on the comic book 
series, was released to critical 
acclaim, winning awards at Sun- 
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national interest in Pekar's work 
and led to the highest sales figures 
of his career. 

After overcoming such substan- 
tial obstacles, most people would 
sit back and relax with satisfaction, 
but most people aren't Harvey 

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my shortcomings and hang-ups so 
I could take care of my wife and 
kid," Old Harvey says in The Quit- 
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Aaron Pizzani 

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Want to hear something that'll 
make you say, "Holy crap?" 

A CBS poll conducted in Octo- 
ber found that only 40 percent of 
Americans believe that humans 
evolved to what we are today 
from lower life forms. 

This threw me for a loop. I 
was confused for days. The 
world I lived in suddenly didn't 
seem so real anymore. 

Oh, and if you didn't just say 
"Holy crap!" you're probably in 
that other 60 percent. 

I knew there was a big debate 
on the evolution issue. I knew 
that fundamentalist Christians 
were trying to get it kicked out 

of public school. 

I didn't stress out over the 
issue because I figured the 
media probably hyped it up a bit 
to make it seem like a big deal. I 
was blissful in my ignorance 
that most Americans were 
rational, science-loving, practi- 
cal people. 

I work at a visitor center out- 
side of town where we have a 
replica of a dinosaur head that 
was found in one of the bluffs on 
the Red River. 

This dinosaur was a prehis- 
toric whale that lived around 70 
million years ago. 

My job is to tell people about 
it and, ironically, pray to God 
that I don't have to explain it to 
a "fundy" Christian. 

You wouldn't believe some of 
the responses I will get out of 
these people. Actually, about 60 
percent of you will. That other 
40 percent better get ready for a 

few more "holy craps." 

One afternoon a few months 
ago, after I gave my short lecture 
on the fossil, a nice man from 
Texas turned to me and said, 
"Seventy million years, huh? Do 
you really believe all that? 

He then gave his M 
explanation on how 
the fossil got there. 

It involved / 
something along!) 
the lines of Satan 
running around the 
Earth like a devilish 
Johnny Appleseed planting 
dinosaur bones for 
humans to find and 
become suddenly con- 
fused and doubtful of 
their faith. 

"Holy crap!" You just 
said it, didn't you? 

A few weeks later another nice 
man strolled into the center. 
They're always nice, which 

makes it hard to com- 
pletely dislike them. 

He had a better 
explanation that 
was sur- 

prisingly more rational 
than the first. Yes, dinosaurs 
existed, but they just didn't 
make it on Noah's ark, so they 
died in the flood. 

Um, sir, this dinosaur here 
lived in the water. 
Did he not make 
it into Noah's 
,would have 
een my 
response, but I 
am paid to 
smile and be 
ice so I 

Those two are 
only the most 

Most of the time they 
give me a dirty look 
like I am the one that's crazy. 
And that's just it. It's crazy. 
Evolution is the basis of human 
biology, physiology, and medi- 
cine. Just like gravity is the 
basis for rocket science. 
Besides, Americans love a 

good story about rising to the 
top through good old-fashioned 
hard work and perseverance. 

Isn't that what the story of 
human evolution is all about? 

It gives me a warm, fuzzy feel- 
ing when I think about my 
species crawling out of the pri- 
mordial soup, surviving mil- 
lions of years of ice ages, bizarre 
weather phenomena, and even 
mass extinctions and finally ris- 
ing to the position of most intel- 
ligent beings to ever walk the 

Now that's hard work. That's 
perseverance. And I don't care if 
my great grandfather was a 
monkey. I happen to like mon- 

Aaron Pizzani is a junior His- 
tory major. His opinions do not 
necessaryily reflect those of the 
Sauce staff or of the university. 

Hark! The herald cash registers sing 

Bronwyn Lance Chester 

Courtesy KRT Campus 

Enough with Christmas already. 

Yes, I realize it's only the second 
week of November. That's the 
point. It's 70 degrees outside, the 
trees still sport green leaves and I'm 
already suffering a bad case of 
Christmas creep. 

While nosing around the super- 
market Halloween displays over 
the weekend, I accidentally 
snagged a bag of festive red and 
green Hershey's kisses. 

The store's Christmas candy 
shelves rivaled the cornucopia of its 
Halloween ones. A recent trip to a 
drugstore turned up Christmas 
boxer shorts and other Yuletide 


Stores are already busily setting 
up their holiday lights. Three 
weeks ago - a mere month into 
autumn— Costco had already 
decked its aisles with pre-lit trees 
and reams of wrapping paper. And 
Carnival Cruise Lines was running 
holiday TV commercials at the 
beginning of October. 

Hark unto this weary shopper: 
Make it stop. Christmas is becom- 
ing the seasonal equivalent of a 
presidential campaign: perpetual, 
crass and not about the real issues. 
It's bad enough when the mallow 
creme Cupids and chocolate-filled 
hearts show up in stores on Jan. 2. 
At least Valentine's Day is in the 
same season as Christmas. 

But with summer barely gone, 
shoppers are besieged with faux 

snow, Christmas cards, lighted 
lawn deer, "collectible" ornaments 
and Santa's obese frame at every 
turn, all of which seem to land on 
shelves months ahead of schedule. 

Thanksgiving used to be retail- 
ers' signal to haul out the blinking 
lights and bad reindeer sweaters. 
Not anymore. 

Now we go straight from suntan 
lotion to jingle bells. It feels like, as 
a colleague's wife termed it, Hallo- 
givingmas from Labor Day until 
the new year rolls in. It's not your 

Retailers are pushing holiday 
goods earlier each year. And 
instead of silver bells, all I hear are 
silver pieces hitting the till. 

According to a 2004 story in DSN 
Retailing Today, a marketing publi- 
cation, there's a seasonal trend of 

introducing holiday goodies earlier 
so that stores end up "with a 100 
percent sell-through" of merchan- 

Some economists have said the 
early Christmas-retailing strategy is 
a shrewd one. Stores want to nab 
precious dollars before family 
budgets get squeezed by high heat- 
ing prices, present-buying and life 

Shrewd, perhaps. Annoying, for 
certain. Far be it for this Grinch to 
argue with economists. 

But seeing Christmas candy in 
October doesn't make me want to 
shop. It makes me want to hide. Or 
at least hit the eggnog with gusto. 

And because I end up wondering 
where the year went, it also makes 
me feel old. 

Thanks to mercenary Yuletide 

commercialism, Christmas long 
ago stopped being a day; now it's a 
two-month-long media blitz. Its 
religious and miraculous aspects 
have been supplanted by polish, 
spin, strategies and marketing. 

Like so much else these days, the 
holidays feel too artificial, too con- 
trived, too dreamed up by Hall- 
mark and Chinese exporters to be 

Bludgeoning shoppers over the 
head with carols, Santas and deco- 
rated trees in autumn, when we 
should be enjoying raking leaves, 
carving pumpkins and frolicking 
on sunny days, only exacerbates 
that fake-holiday feeling. 

It's time for an uprising, a cru- 
sade by folks who want to put 
Christmas back in its traditional 
calendar spot. 

If you enjoy hearing Christmas 
music in September or buying tree- 
top angels with your Halloween 
costume, by all means, go ahead. 

If not, then boycott the candy 
canes, holiday dog bones and pine 
wreaths until after Thanksgiving. 
Only then will retailers get the mes- 

Otherwise, Christmas won't 
come but once a year: It'll be with 
us for the whole darned 12 months. 

Bronwyn Lance Chester is a 
columnist for The Virginian-Pilot in 
Norfolk. Readers may write to her 
at The Virginian-Pilot, 150 West 
Brambleton Avenue, Norfolk, Va. 
23510, or send her e-mail at bron- 


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NSU wins SLC crown 

Demons have bid in the NCAA regionals this weekend 

Courtesy of 
Sports Information 

NSU needed overtime Sunday to 
earn its third trip in six seasons to 
the NCAA Tournament, but Mon- 
day the Lady Demons needed little 
time to learn they'll play Big 12 
Conference champion Texas A&M 
in College Station in the first round 
of the NCAA College Cup tourna- 

The Lady Demons (13-5-1) and 
the Aggies (16-3-2) play at 8 p.m. 
Friday at Aggie Soccer Stadium. 
SMU and North Texas, the other 
two teams in the College Station 
regional, will play at 5 Friday 
evening. The winners meet Sunday 
at 2 with a berth in the Sweet 16 at 

NSU remains the only Louisiana 
school ever to participate in the 
NCAA Women's College Cup, 
which has a 64-team field split into 
16 four- team regional sites begin- 
ning Friday. The Lady Demons 
punched their ticket to the NCAA 
Tournament Sunday afternoon 
with a 1-0 overtime win Sunday 
over Sam Houston State in the 
finals of the Southland Conference 
Tournament at the NSU Soccer 

Team members and school offi- 
cials gathered at a local restaurant 
to watch the tournament pairings 

Gary Hardamon/NSU Media Service 

The NSU Soccer team shows their SLC Tournament trophy and conference tournament awards following their championship 
game win over Sam Houston Sunday. Pictured from left, front row: Johnna Klohoker, Julie Zavala, Erin Hebert, Heather 
Penico, Tara Powasnik and Krystle Donaldson. Middle row: Samantha Penico, Tiffany Kawana-Waugh, Stace Miller, Natalie 
Waguespack, Ashley Millhouse and Manette Keller. Back row: asistant coaches Chelsea Orton and David Lapeyrouse, Han- 
nah Casey, Raquel Flores, Lauren Miller, Bobbie Hayes, Stephanie Miller, Carrie Crowell, Mya Walsh, Amanda Vines, Marliese 
Latiolais, Gabrielle Assayag, Ashley Hadley and head coach Jimmy Mitchell. 

announcement late Monday after- western coach Jimmy Mitchell. "It's 

noon on ESPNews. The College 
Station regional bracket was the 
first unveiled, evaporating any sus- 
pense for the group at the outset of 
the show. 

"It's what we thought might hap- 
pen. Geographically, it makes 
sense," said seventh-year North- 

good news for the families of our 
players from Texas and Louisiana, 
and that's the biggest portion of our 
roster. It's a great challenge for our 
team, but like we saw (Sunday) 
against Sam Houston, soccer is a 
game where sometimes the under- 
dog can hang in there and have a 

great chance to win." 

NSU beat Sam Houston 5-0, scor- 
ing four goals in the first 30 min- 
utes of play, two weeks earlier in a 
regular-season meeting in 
Huntsville, Texas. In Sunday's 
championship game, NSU outshot 
Sam Houston 28-5, dominating reg- 
ulation play, but the teams carried a 

scoreless draw to extra time. 

Texas A&M, 7-1 at home this 
year, averages 3,800 fans per game 
at the Aggie Soccer Stadium, which 
will be the site of this year's NCAA 
Final Four. The Aggies defeated 
SLC regular-season champion 
Stephen F. Austin 3-0 in a Septem- 
ber contest in College Station. 

"It's a great environment, with a 
great crowd that has all that Aggie 
spirit and tradition going for them," 
said Mitchell. "If as a visiting team, 
you're able to embrace all that 
atmosphere and energy, it can be a 
fun place to play. The fact that 
they're hosting the Final Four says 
it's obviously one of the great 
places to play college soccer." 

For the 2005 seniors, it is their 
second berth in the NCAA Tourna- 
ment. Texas A&M ended the 2002 
season for NSU with an 8-0 romp in 
NCAA play, capping the freshman 
year for now senior co-captains 
Tara Powasnik and Heather Penico, 
along with Raquel Flores, Ashley 
Hadley and Stephanie Miller. 

The Lady Demons will practice 
Tuesday and Wednesday then trav- 
el to College Station for a Thursday 
workout before the game Friday 
night. Tickets are available through 
Texas A&M by calling 1-888-99- 
AGGIE or by visiting aggieathlet- 

Young Lady Demons look to new gameplan 

Gary Hardamon/NSU Media Service 

Junior Chassidy Jones drives past an Austrian defender during their exhibition 
game Monday night in Prather Coliseum. The Lady Demons won 72-57. 

By Raymond Billy Jr. 

Sauce Reporter 

Change is afoot for NSU's lady 
Demon basketball team. 

Lady Demons lost valuable vet- 
eran leadership when five seniors, 
including two all-Southland Con- 
ference players, Diamond Cosby 
and Amanda Bennett graduated 
last semester. 

Cosby led the Lady Demons in 
scoring last season at 15.7 points 
per game and was third in the con- 
ference overall. She was also a 
threat from the 3-point line, hitting 
34.7 percent of her shots. 

Bennett was only the 11th player 
in school history to post 1,000 
career points and 500 rebounds. 

The Lady Demons also lost Dee 
Dee Favors, Beth Tallant and Ash- 
ley Sparkman, who led the team in 
rebounds at 8.7 points per game 
and was second in the nation in 
blocks, averaging an SLC record 
4.88 blocks per game. 

In spite of these departures, 
Head Coach Jennifer Graf still has 
high expectations for the season, 
but she says that it will take time 
for the team - which will feature 
six freshmen — to become cohesive. 

"There's so many new things 
that we have to learn: how to work 
together, how to gel together, our 
defensive schemes, our offensive 
play. You just want to take it a few 
steps at a time," Graf said. 

Graf said even though there is 
much work to be done, she is confi- 
dent that by the time her team gets 

"We have quicker 
more athletic 
players and we've 
got a different 
system where we 
are going to be able 
to run-and-gun a 
little bit more." 

Jennier Graf 

Lady Demon head coach 

to conference play, it will have the 
chemistry it needs to be successful. 

Because of the personnel 
changes, Graf expects this to be 
more of an up-tempo team that will 
rely more heavily on defense to cre- 
ate offense. 

"We have quicker more athletic 
players and we've got a different 
system where we are going to be 
able to run-and-gun a little bit 
more. This is the type of team 
where they are going to be able to 

pressure defensively, get a steal 
and get lay-ups." 

Left-over from last season's 
starting five are Sheronda Bell and 
Chassidy Jones, who were honored 
as preseason all-SLC picks in Octo- 

Bell, a senior point guard from 
Bienville, led the SLC with 5.3 
assists per game. 

Junior guard /forward Jones was 
12th in the SLC in scoring (12.0), 
sixth in rebounding (7.2) and 11th 
in field goal percentage (43.6) last 

The Lady Demons will be aided 
by the debut of sophomore Tena 
Mathews. Mathews red-shirted her 
freshman year because of an ACL 
injury she suffered during her sen- 
ior year in high school. 

The freshman joining the team 
include two-time all-state point 
guard Shonte Kennedy from 
Leesville High School; 6'3" Court- 
ney Shead of La Poyner High 
school in Texas, and fellow Texan 
Natasha Isom, a guard from Jersey 
Village High school. Graf is partic- 
ularly impressed with her two new 

"Tasha and Shonte are doing an 
extremely good job in practice right 
now. Those are the two that will 
really catch people's eye mainly 
because they are so quick, so ener- 
getic. They are so athletic so they 
will probably see some pretty good 
minutes," Graf said 

Nicholls tops the Demons for third year in a row 

By Justin Hebert 

Sports Editor 

Demon Head Coach Scott Stoker 
called it the most disappointing 
loss he has suffered in his four-year 
tenure as head coach of the 

With 49 seconds left to play NSU 
(4-4 overall, 2-2 in SLC) watched 
their chance for another comeback 
win, their hopes to repeat as South- 
land Conference champions and 
possibly a playoff birth sail into the 
arms of Nicholls' Naton Stewart as 
he intercepted a pass by Demon 
quarterback Davon Vinson. 

This was followed by a couple of 
kn eel-downs to run out the clock 
and Nicholls (4-3, 3-1) celebrating 
the fact that their destiny as 2005 
SLC Champions is in their own 
hands after topping the Demons in 
a 31-24 shootout at Turpin Stadium 
Friday. After back-to-back wins 
over Texas State and NSU, the 
Colonels can claim the conference 
championship as long as Nicholls 
does not lose another conference 

"You've got to be able to defend 
your home turf," Stoker said. "I 
thought we were ready to play 
against a very good football team. 

Some things just didn't go our way 
but we played good enough to give 
ourselves a chance to win. We're 
very disappointed. These guys put 
a lot of time and effort into having 
a chance to win championships, 
but they're hard to come by. Obvi- 
ously they're very disappointed." 

Nicholls took the lead for good 
on a nine-play, 43-yard drive that 
was capped by a two-yard touch- 
down run by Colonel fullback 
Broderick Cole with just a little 
over 1:30 left. The Demons made it 
interesting, crossing over to 
Nicholls territory with a good 
return by senior Toby Zeigler but 
saw the nail hammered into the 
coffin when Stewart caught his first 
interception of the season. 

Division I-AA's No. 2 offense fin- 
ished the game with 471 total yards 
against NSU's Purple Swarm 
defense. The Colonels got 374 
yards rushing and 97 yards on just 
2 complete passes, 69 which came 
on quarterback Yale Vannoy's 
touchdown strike to Zach Morgan. 

Vannoy led the Colonels with a 
team-high 122 yards rushing on 13 
carries while tailback Joseph Tobias 
picked up 97 yards on 10 carries. 

Senior linebacker Marvin Byrd- 
song led the Demon's defense with 

22 tackles, the most since Demon 
All-American Andre Carron. 

NSU's offense managed to gain 
242 total yards but where unable 
get the ball moving on their last 
drive. Vinson once again led the 
team in passing and rusrung with 
73 yards on 6-of-12 passing and 63 
yards on 18 rushing attempts with 
two touchdowns, one running and 
one passing. 

"I think we've got to move the 
football offensively," Stoker said. 
"We're so beat up on the defensive 
side, and it's been that way for the 
last three or four weeks if not 
longer than that. We've got to be 
able to get the ball in the end zones 
and keep our defense from not hav- 
ing to play perfect all the time." 

The Demons will hope to 
rebound from such a tough loss 
when they travel for the last time 
this season Saturday to play rival 
McNeese State (4-3, 2-2) at Cowboy 
Stadium at 1 p.m. 

"Earlier in the week practice has- 
n't been as great," Stoker said. 
"Hopefully that changes as we get 
closer to it and they get McNeese 
on their minds because obviously 
it's a big rivalry for us." 

Gary Hardamon/NSU Media Service 

Senior quarterback Davon Vinson stretches over the Colonels' defensive line to 
score a touchdown Saturday in the Demons' 24-31 loss to Nicholls. 

This Just In 

Courtesy Sports 
Information Bureau 


Isom leads Lady 
Demon basketball 
in exhibition 

Sophomore forward Brittane 
Isom scored 14 points to lead fou 
double-figure scorers Monda 
night as NSU, unveiling a higt 
tempo attacking style, overcam 
poor shooting aim for a 72-57 exfo 
bition win over a touring Austria 

The Lady Demons, with seve 
newcomers among the 14 playei 
utilized by second-year coach Jen 
nifer Graf, fired 85 shots and oveJ ThC f 
came 28 percent aim with a 70-a CAMPU: 
rebounding edge and a pressui plannir 
defense that forced 32 turnoveJ 
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burg. to the 

Isom sank 6-of-13 shots from tN name 
field to pace the NSU scorin refuse 
chart, leading four veterans i — 
double digits. 

Preseason All-Southland Con FIN 
ference guard Chassidy Jones ha 
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three steals while another Presea 
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scored 12 points and senior foi Decemb 
ward LaTonya Perry added 10 ol END:1:C- 
the bench. 

After six early ties and 10 lea GRADE 
changes, NSU gradually took con) ( 10:0 ° A 
trol, starting with an 8-0 burst tea- ^ 
hiring 3-pointers by Jones ani Noon) 
freshman point guard Shontf 
Kennedy. Graduat 

That launched a 19-6 run into i Pleas 
39-28 lead at the break. 

Kennedy, a 5-4 true freshman Wednes 
from Leesville, made her debut a 
NSU's starting point guard will 
nine points, eight rebounds, si) 
steals and five assists. 

"Offensively we pushed the bal 
up the court, fired up a bunch o 
shots, and Shonte made a reall] 
impressive debut running th 
show," said Graf. "We had moi 
structure, at times, than I expecta Friday, L" 
running our offensive sets, bu 
we've got plenty of work to do. 

NSU has another exhibitioi 
game next Monday night agains 
Louisiana College at Prather Coli 
seum before opening the seasoi 
on Nov. 19 at Southern. 

SHSU snaps Lady 
Demon win streak 

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ning streak into Sam Houstoi 
State's territory Tuesday nighl 
nearly pulling off the upset agains Tuesday 
the Southland Conference's No. } 8:00 
team but falling in five games i 
league volleyball action. 

The loss drops the Lad] 
Demons to 9-15 overall and 7-9 i 
conference play, falling a half ednes ' 
game behind sixth plao 

Four NSU players records 
double-digits in kills with Prisol NSU V 
Augusto leading with 16. 

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while Shannon Puder and Julian P°rated 
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double with 13 digs while Rachi land-Br 
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Sam Houston took games twi j.^q 
and three 30-27 and 30-25 to grabi ; : ' 

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Lady Demons matching the Beal 
kats point for point in the tv/i 
frames until the very end. 

In the fourth game, Augusi 
took charge on the offensive sidj 
knocking down five kills in eigt 
attacks and posting a .500 percenl 
age as the Lady Demons forced | 
decisive game after a 30-26 win. 

After an attacking error fe 
SHSU that enable the Lad 
Demons to tie the fifth game up i 

3- 3, the Bearkats rolled off foil 
straight points and never lookd 
back, taking the game 15-5 to wi 
the match. 

The Lady Demons will close oil L 
their regular season this weekeli *U n . 
when they host Texas-San Anton* bovver; 
at 7 on Friday followed by the sea 
son finale versus Texas State at ' 
on Saturday. 

Friday's night match is desig 
nated as senior night as NSU vvi 
honor its four seniors: August 
Belo, Puder. and Isabela Duarte 

NSU will begin play in its firs' 
ever postseason tournament No 1 Sunn 
17 in Arlington against a team y e 
to be determined. 


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Budget-cut plan 
still not finalized 

By Kyle Shirley 

News Editor 

NSU's budget for the 2005- 
2006 academic year will be 
reduced by $1,063,425 due to 
a state spending freeze. 

Gov. Kathleen Blanco insti- 
tuted a statewide spending 
freeze on Sept. 19 in response 
to the anticipated state budg- 

et deficit caused by Hurricane 
Katrina. The State Revenue 
Estimating Conference then 
required all state universities 
to submit budgets reflecting 
proposed five-percent cuts by 
Nov. 1. That added up to a 
budget reduction of about 
$1.5 million for NSU. 

Provost and Vice President 
for Academic Affairs Thomas 

Hanson said the university 
has a plan in place for these 
cuts that may be altered in 
light of the new amount, but 
for now the university will 
not make any "significant 
changes" to its plan. 

In a Nov. 17 e-mail to all 
faculty and staff, NSU Presi- 
dent Randall Webb wrote, 
"The university will balance 

its budget through reductions 
in travel, supplies, wages of 
labor, professional and extra 
service contracts and other 
areas of the operating budget 
and freezing vacant posi- 

Hanson said about 50 per- 
cent of NSU's budget comes 
from tuition and student fees 
and that the university will 

not finalize its plan until 
spring enrollment numbers 
are available. 

In the e-mail, Webb also 
wrote, "... please keep in 
mind that the state's financial 
situation could change quick- 
ly and dramatically in these 
extraordinary times, and that 
could affect NSU's fiscal sta- 

It's Christmas time in the city 

Chris Reich / The Current Sauce 

Sophmore theatre major Bonnie Gordon and Senior theatre major Paul Jannise practice hosting the Christmas Gala Wednesday night in A. A. Frdericks Auditori- 
um. For more information on the Gala and Christmas Festival parade, check page 2. 

Professor leaving NSU 
for active military duty 

By Raymond Billy Jr. 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU Assistant Sociology 
Professor William Housel 
may be headed for Iraq; the 
U.S. Army has called him for 
active service. 

Housel said he will leave 
for Fort Jackson, S.C. on Dec. 
4. While there he will take a 
physical examination and, 
barring failure, will be 
retrained to meet current mil- 
itary standards. Housel said 
he will be told where he will 
be deployed following the 

Housel said he has mixed 
feelings about leaving NSU. 

"I've got a lot of irons in the 
fire, things I'm trying to do to 
make my job better, to make 
the college better, things I 
really believe strongly and 
really, really want to do. But 
at the same time, there is that 
half of me that has spent half 
my adult life in the military 
and it would be pretty hard 
for me to just go 'Nah, I don't 

want to play,'" Housel said. 

If he returns to the military, 
Housel will be fulfilling a 
commitment he made at the 
end of the 1991 Gulf War 
when he joined the Individ- 
ual Ready Reserve in order to 
receive a pension package 
known as the Voluntary Sepa- 
ration Incentive. The deal 
allowed him - and other sol- 
diers with fewer than 20 
years of service - to leave the 
military immediately, but 
requires him to be on call for 
twice as long as he originally 
served, which was roughly 16 
years. He can draw his pen- 
sion for 33 years as long as he 
heeds any military call to 

The Army received author- 
ization to call up reservists as 
of April 2005 by Defense Sec- 
retary Donald Rumsfeld. As 
many as 6,500 reservists may 
be called up at the same time. 

Housel said he joined the 
reservists so that he could 
pursue his PhD, which he 
obtained from Syracuse Uni- 

versity. He first joined the 
Army in 1975 and worked in 
technological fields and as a 
training non-commissioned 
officer and as a drug and 
alcohol counselor. Housel, 
who has never seen combat 
during his military career, 
could be gone for as long as 
18 months. And even after 
that he could be called up 

Housel recalled the circum- 
stances under which he first 
joined the Army. 

"I hated going to college... 
and joined the Army on the 
way home because I didn't 
want to tell my dad I was 
dropping out," Housel said. 
"Once I got in, I liked it. It 
was pretty good and I got a 
lot out of it." 

Housel said the Army paid 
for most of his undergraduate 
education and much of his 
graduate education. 

"If it wasn't for the Army I 
wouldn't be here," he said. 

Housel, who considers 
himself a liberal politically, 

said he is against war in gen- 
eral and is growing increas- 
ingly disillusioned with the 
Iraq war, but said, "if you are 
going to be in the military, 
when Uncle Sam says it's 
time to go, just pack your 
stuff and go. You know that 
ahead of time." 

Housel's wife of 23 years, 
Lauren, said the family is tak- 
ing his departure tolerantly. 

"It was one of those things 
that we knew he could be 
called up," said Lauren. 

She added that their son 
Alex, an NSU student, is "not 
happy about not having his 
farther on campus but he 
understands what is needed." 

Professor Housel expressed 
comfort that there will be 
services, which could include 
medical benefits, offered to 
his family during his absence. 

"They have a whole direc- 
tor in the Army that is just 
there to help families from 
soldiers who have been 
deployed, so, that will be 
nice. They didn't always have 

that. A lot of times it was just, 
'Hey, your husband is 
deployed, deal with it," 
Housel said. 

NSU Social Sciences Direc- 
tor Gregory Granger said he 
is seeking to fill the void that 
would be left by Housel, but 
stressed that no definite deci- 
sion has been made regarding 
how he will achiece that. 

"While nothing is firmly 
settled at this time, it's likely 
that his introductory classes 
will be taught by adjuncts, 
likely in an online format, 
and that his senior class will 
be taught by an adjunct with 
whom I have spoken," 
Granger said. 

Housel said he knows that 
when his tour of duty ends, 
his position at NSU will be 
waiting for him. 

Housel said students he 
served as an adviser may 
now see Assistant Professor 
John Hillebrand for counsel- 



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rates to 
rise in 

By Lela Coker 

Sauce Reporter! 

NSU will increase the housing! 
rates for its dorms starting k 
spring 2006. 

The new room rates will be 
$1760 for a private room, a 15.4 
percent increase from the original 
price of $1,500. The double-occd 
pancy room will jump from $1025 
to $1239, a 20.8 percent increase. Jt 
student messenger memo wai 
sent to all students to inform them 
of the changes. 

"The price increase is due to thtj 
state budget cut we are experienc- 
ing," NSU Director of Auxiliary 
Services Jennifer Kelly said. 

The dorms generate their owa ; 
income and Cover their own 

"The price increase will cove 
next semester's operation expens- 
es," Kelly said. 

Due to NSU's new admissioi^ 
requirements, fewer students will 
live in the traditional dorms; 
which decreases the revenue the 
dorms receive. 

"The operation cost is still the 
same for the dorms, but there is 
not as many people staying in 
them to cover the cost," Kelly saidj 

While the price increase is need- 
ed to cover the deficit, some stuJ 
dents think the increase is inconi 

"I don't think it's fair for the 
price to go up," freshman general 
studies major Marissa Sonniet 
said. "Students are all ready living] 
there might not have the money to 
pay for it." 



NSU groups get in 
the Christmas spirit 

Students to participate in parade, Gala 

By Brittany Byrd 

Sauce Reporter 

Marching bands, Santa Claus, 
and the Tabasco Girls - what else 
could you ask for? 

The Natchitoches Christmas 
Festival parade will begin at 1 p.m. 
on Saturday. The parade will start 
at Prather Coliseum and continue ' 
down Front Street. It will then turn 
up Lafayette Street and proceed 
down Second Street and return to 
campus. This year's parade has 80 
participating units. 

The Spirit of Northwestern 
Demon Marching Band, Demon 
Heat Color Guard, Purple Pizzazz 
Pompom Line, Demon Dazzlers 
Dance Line and NSU Cheerleaders 
are scheduled to march in the 
parade. NSU also has a float in the 
parade for Mr. and Mrs. NSU and 
the Homecoming King and 

Leslie Ross, Miss City of Lights 
and an employee of the Natchi- 
toches Chamber of Commerce, 
said, "The Parade will go on rain 
or shine because we have many 
who have traveled far to be a part 
of the Natchitoches Christmas Fes- 
tival Parade." 

Starting this 
Friday at 

Cinema IV 

Movie Line: 


Dec. 2-8, 2005 

We will be closed on Sat. Dec. 3rd. 
for the Christmas Festival. 

Harry Potter and the Goblet of 
Fire - PG-13 

Fri. (2nd.) 
8 p.m. 
Sun. (4th) 

1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 8 p.m. 
Mon.-Thurs. (5th - 8th) 
8 p.m. 

Walk the Line - PG-13 

Fri. (2nd) 

6:45p.m. 9:30 p.m. 
Sun. (4th) 

1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 8 p.m. 
Mon.-Thurs. (5th-8th) 
6:45 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 
Jarhead - R 
Fri.( 2nd) 
Sun. (4th) 
7p.m. 9:30 p.m. 
Mon.-Thurs. (5th-8th) 
9:30 p.m. 

Yours. Mine and Ours- PG 

Fri. (2nd) 

7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 

Sun. (4th) 

2 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 

Mon.-Thurs. (5tn-8th) 

7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 

Chicken Little - G 

Fri. ( 2nd) 

7 p.m. 

Sun. (4th) 

2 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 

Mon. - Thurs. (5th-8th) 

7 p.m. 

The Chronicals of Narnia: The 
Lion. The Witch, and The 
will be here 
December 9th. 


NSU Night 

Students & Faculty bring 
your NSU ID 

CAPA gears up for Gala 

By Kayla Brossett 

Sauce Reporter 

"The Christmas Gala is as much 
of a tradition as the parade and 
festival," said Production and 
Facilities Manager for NSU's Cre- 
ative and Performing Arts Build- 
ing, Eric Marsh. 

The Gala, an annual theatrical 
production put on by NSU's 
CAPA department, will have a six- 
show run in A. A. Fredericks Audi- 
torium today and Friday. Three of 
these performances will be open to 
NSU students and the general 
public; the others are for area ele- 
mentary and middle school chil- 

Tonight's show will begin at 7:30 
p.m. and Friday's shows will start 
at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. 

Marsh said, "Come early 
because the auditorium will fill up 
very, very quick." 

The Gala has a variety show 
format this year. It will feature 
music, dance and theatrical per- 
formances. Admission is free with 
an NSU I.D. and costs $5 other- 

Chris Reich / The Current Sauce 

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Faculty Senate proposes reduced 
mandatory office hour schedules 

By Rodney Clements 

Sauce Reporter 

The Faculty Senate passed a pro- 
posal this month that may decrease 
faculty's mandatory office hours 
from 10 to three hours a week. 

The Senate met Nov. 15 in the 
President's Room of the Student 
Union at 3:30 p.m. where they dis- 
cussed required faculty office 
hours. Ben Rushing, the Faculty 
Senate president, presided over the 
meeting. The Senate passed a reso- 
lution proposal that asks the 
administration to cut back the 
required office hours of faculty 
members. Faculty members are 
currently required to have ten 
office hours a week. They are ask- 
ing the administration to change 

the required ten office hours a week 
to three hours. 

The state of Louisiana has seen 
many budget cuts after Hurricane 
Katrina. State funds going to uni- 
versities have been among those 
budget cuts. Therefore NSU had to 
make cuts in its own budget, 
because NSU was not receiving as 
much money from the state as in 
previous years. Rushing said one of 
NSU's budget cuts reduced the 
amount of adjunct professors. 

Now with less adjunct teachers, 
NSU is asking faculty members to 
teach additional classes while 
maintaining their current workload 
without an increase in salary. Rush- 
ing said if the proposal were 
approved by the administration it 
would offer an offset to the addi- 

tional work added on faculty mem- 

Students learn that for every 
hour spent in class they need to 
spend two hours outside of class 
studying. The same rule applies to 
teachers. Rushing said faculty 
members teaching 15 hours a week 
spend 30 hours outside the class- 
room doing lesson plans, grading 
papers and other related work. 

Some students are concerned 
that if teachers' office hours are 
decreased they might not be able to 
meet with them. 

Sophomore nursing major Jordan 
Dauenhauer said, "I'm concerned 
because what if my schedule does- 
n't work with the teacher's fewer 
office hours? I have a better chance 
of catching a teacher in his/her 

office if they have more office 

Other students would like to see 
teachers' office hours decrease. 

Junior education major Randy 
Smith said, "Teachers do a great 
deal for students as it is, so why 
shouldn't they get a break? I think a 
decrease in teacher office hours is a 
great idea." 

Most faculty members have no 
problem meeting with students 
when it is convenient for both the 
teacher and the student. 

Rushing said, " I will always 
inconvenience myself to meet the 
needs of one of my students." 

The Senate feels that the decrease 
in office hours will not affect teach- 
ers meeting with students. Some 
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this week. After the administratioj 
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respectivily during the 2nd Annual 
NSU Photography Show. The show 
had over 50 entries that will be on 
display until Dec. 7th at Tin House 
Barbeque on Fourth Street. 





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NSU students living in the 
traditional residence halls will 
face more changes to the on- 
campus living set-up when 
Dodd Hall and the south wing 
of Sabine Hall close in spring 

Vice President for Student 
Affairs Patrice Moulton said the 
dorms are shutting down 
because NSU is in the process of 
moving to privatized housing. 
She said they are in the transi- 
tion period of the conversion 
and are currently looking at a 
phase two of building another 
structure like the new residence 

"I think overall it's an exciting 
time. I view it as a very positive 
change for our campus," Moul- 
ton said. 

The decision to close the 
dorms was based on the rates of 
enrollment, maintenance costs 
and the negotiations of the 

housing contracts for building 
additional residence halls. 
Based on these factors, Booz- 
man Hall will be the next to 
close, possibly as soon as the 
fall 2006 semester. 

Residents and housing staff 
from the closing dorms will be 
relocated to the remaining resi- 
dence halls. Moulton said the 
natural attrition between semes- 
ters will take care of the down- 
sizing of the dorms. 

Earlier this semester, the male 
side of Dodd was closed and 
the residents were relocated to 
Sabine. Because Dodd and the 
south wing of Sabine are now 
closing, Bossier Hall will be all- 
male in spring 2006. 

Moulton said the numbers 
and placement for this change 
fit the projection of enrollment 
numbers and gender in the 

Director of Auxiliary Services 
Jennifer Kelly said students are 
still allowed to select their pre- 
ferred dorm, and most requests 

for private rooms are still 
accommodated. She said as the 
number of students decrease, 
the number of available beds 
will be decreased as well. 

Moulton said the decision of 
which dorms to close was 
looked at from a budgetary and 
maintenance perspective. She 
said the cost savings were 
greater to close the south wing 
of Sabine and better for security 
than closing off the top floor of 
every wing. 

Dodd is being closed because 
of the maintenance costs of 
maintaining the cooling and 
heating units. 

Freshman math education 
major Megan Sarrille, who lives 
in Dodd, agrees with the closing 
of the dorms and the building 
of new residence halls. 

"Dodd was dirty to me, and I 
think it needs to be closed 
down. I think they need to tear 
down every single dorm and 
put new ones up," Sarrille said. 

New scholarship 
established at NSU 

By Darren Lewis 

Sauce Reporter 

The children of Sadie G. and Dr. 
Charles F. Thomas have established 
an endowed scholarship in educa- 
tion at NSU. Through regular con- 
tributions to a scholarship fund, 
they have accumulated $10,000. 

Dr. and Mrs. Thomas arrived at 
NSU in 1939 when the university 
still held the name State Normal 
School. Their involvement with the 
university lasted for more than 65 

"When our children first told us 
about the scholarship, we thought 
it was great and appreciated it. We 
are happy this scholarship is some- 

thing that will go on," Mrs. Thomas 

Mrs. Thomas earned a master's 
degree in 1969. She served as direc- 
tor of the NSU Child Development 
Center from 1969 until 1984. 

Dr. Thomas was an all- American 
basketball player at NSU. He 
became head basketball coach at 
NSU in 1950. He was dean of 
administration, and vice president 
for academic affairs until his retire- 
ment in 1978. 

"There is always a need for schol- 
arships to help good students gain 
an education," Dr. Thomas said. 

Mrs. and Dr. Thomas have nine 
children, seven of which work in 
the education field. 

One of their children is Elizabeth 
Walsh, director of Curriculum for 
Secondary Programs in the East 
Baton Rouge Parish School System. 

"This scholarship is a means for 
the positive impact they have each 
had on the field of education in 
general and on students in particu- 
lar to continue for generations to 
come," Walsh said. 

The first recipient of the scholar- 
ship is Brittany Graf, a sophomore 
elementary education major from 

"Receiving this scholarship is 
important to me. I want to be a 
teacher and play a role in giving a 
good education to children," Graf 

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Dorms transferring to private ownership 

By David Dinsmore 

Sauce Reporter 

Century Campus Housing Man- 
agement, the company that oper- 
ates University Columns and 
NSU's new residence hall, is set to 
take over responsibility for all on- 
campus living facilities. 

"The plan is that, eventually, 
NSU will be out of the housing 
business completely, and Century 
will basically manage student 
housing," Vice President of Student 
Affairs Patrice Moulton said. 

She added the fact that there has 
been a "collaborative effort" by 
many of the departments, such as 
the Resident Life and Auxiliary 
Services offices, to help get Century 
into the position of housing man- 
agement. Moulton said the school 
can not afford to maintain the 
demands of its aging dormitories, 

such as replacing heating and cool- 
ing systems. 

Fred N. Terasa, Managing Direc- 
tor for Century at NSU, described 
the construction of the new resi- 
dence hall as "phase one." Now 
completed, the school and Century 
are looking ahead to the next step. 
This will include the eventual 
takeover of operations of on-cam- 
pus housing. 

"The whole transition process is 
not on paper," Terasa said, but 
added "The University and Centu- 
ry are in a transition phase, work- 
ing collaboratively, to ensure a 
smooth transition from NSU man- 
agement to Century management 
of all NSU housing by a target date 
of fall 2006." 

It was decided that Century 
would undertake the process of 
operating on-campus living after 

answering a request for a proposal 
sent out by NSU on May 18, 2004. 
Auxiliary Services director Jennifer 
Kelly said that each prospective 
company was asked to respond 
with a presentation based on its 
ideas for a new residence hall. 

The proposals were due on June 
29, 2004 and were presented to a 
committee and the state Board of 
Regents via satellite. 

Terasa said that Century and 
NSU hope this agreement will help 
build a strong community on the 
NSU campus. 

"The basis of that community is 
living and learning in an academic 
environment," Terasa said. 

He said that "phase two" will be 
the construction of 3 new residence 
halls, which he estimated to be 
completed by fall 2007. 

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Eating disorders affect more than just weight 

H ow eatino disorders affect the body 

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that organ li behind 
other main organ » 

Graphic courtesy KRT Campus 

Brain and Nerves 

can't think right fear of gaining weight, sad, moody, irritable, 
bad memory, fainting, changes in brain chemistry 


hair thins and gets brittle 

low blood pressure, slow heart rate, fluttering of the heart 
(palpitations), heart failure 


anemia and other blood problems 
Muscles and Joints 

weak muscles, swollen joints, fractures, osteoporosis 

kidney stones, kidney failure 
Body Fluids 

low potassium, magnesium, and sodium 


constipation, bloating 


periods stop, bone toss, problems growing, trouble getting 
pregnant. If pregnant, higher risk for miscarriage, having a 
C-section, baby with low birth weight, and post partum 


bruise easily, dry skin, growth of fine hair all over body, 
get cold easily, yellow skin, nails get brittle 

By Katie Lopez 

Sauce Reporter 

We have all heard the same thing over 
and over again about how being over- 
weight is unhealthy, but what about being 
underweight? One would think with an 
average-size person like Lindsey Lohan 
dropping a few pounds, losing weight 
might not be such a bad idea. But what 
people do not look at is the risks that peo- 
ple take in order to achieve the perfect 

Connie Jones, assistant professor 
in the department of family and consumer 
sciences, said at least 95 percent of people 
go on diets but only five percent are suc- 
cessful in keeping the weight off after one 

"Most people go on these outra- 
geous diets and then when they can't lose 
the weight, they give up and then gain it all 
back. The psychological aspect has to be 
devastating," Jones said. 

The following information is according 
to Web MD unless otherwise stated. 

Disorders that people face when trying 
to lose weight is not only harmful to their 
bodies but can kill them. 

Anorexia Nervosa is a disorder 
that deals with the intense fear of gaining 
weight, with a refusal to eat. A person who 
is anorexic will weigh about 85 percent less 
than their ideal body weight. 

Some symptoms of anorexia 
include a distorted body image, intense 
fear of gaining weight, feeling guilty after 
eating, hair loss, fainting and even dramat- 
ic mood swings. 

Jones said, "What people don't 
realize is there is a difference between 
Anorexia and Anorexia Nervosa. Anorexia 
is when you basically lose your appetite for 
food. Everyone, at one time or another, 
experiences this. Anorexia Nervosa is the 
mental and physical condition when a per- 
son deliberately does not eat." 

Bulimia Nervosa or binge-purge is 
another disease that plagues people who 
are desperate to lose weight. Bulimia is 
probably one of the hardest eating disor- 
ders to break because it becomes extremely 

habitual and addictive. A person that is 
bulimic will feel guilty after consuming a 
large amount of food and will either go 
vomit or use an excessive amount of laxa- 
tives. One difference between this and 
anorexia is that the bulimic person usually 
maintains a normal body weight with just a 
slight fluctuation. 

Symptoms that someone is suffer- 
ing from bulimia include binging and 
purging, severe self-criticism, visits to the 
bathroom after meals, weight fluctuations 
of about 20 pounds, swollen glands in the 
neck, puffiness of cheeks, and tooth decay. 

One of the newly diagnosed eat- 
ing disorders is binge eating and although 
it is relatively new to the medical commu- 
nity it still affects the lives of many people. 
This disorder is similar to bulimia except 
the individual does not purge after con- 
suming large quantities of food. The indi- 
vidual will eat until they are uncomfortable 
to the point of pain. They will also feel 
guilty about what they have done and this 
feeling of guilt can then lead to depression. 

Some symptoms include rapid 
weight gain, eating late at night, obesity, 
diabetes, high-blood pressure, chronic kid- 
ney problems, suicidal thoughts and 

The one characteristic that all of these 
disorders possess is they can and will kill 
individuals who do not seek help for the 

Robyn House, wellness coordinator at 
the WRAC said exercising andeating 
healthier are two of the best ways to lose 

"One to two pounds a week is an aver- 
age weight loss," House said. 

When a person starts to exercise they 
need to make sure that they are putting 
enough calories into their body to replenish 
the calories that are being taken out, House 

"As long as people do not take exercising 
to the extreme it's one of the best ways to 
lose weight," House said. 

Jones said another contributing factor of 
being underweight is the immune system 
becoming compromised. If the immune 
system is not there then the body is more 

tri- f . .».'*• i. iJrl' -J, -ill '<A/ V I 

susceptible to the common cold. For a per- 
son that is of average weight this is some- 
thing minor but to a person that is under- 
weight this could become a major problem. 

Another problem with being under- 
weight for women is they are at a greater 
risk for osteoporosis because your bones 
need weight-bearing activity, and without 
enough food this cannot happen. And 
although exercise could counter-act the risk 
of osteoporosis it is not 100 percent effec- 

tive, Jones said. 

"Developing protein deficiency is anoth- 
er risk that underweight people are faced 
with," Jones said. 

The way the body works is it takes the 
protein that it needs for energy and if a per- 
son is not getting enough protein then the 
body will take it all and their will not be 
enough left for that person. Protein plays a 
big role in the immune system being able to 
function and the healing process that our 

bodies cannot live without it, Jones said. 

Most underweight people lack elasticity 
which keeps that healthy youthful glow in 
our skin. People that are underweight tend 
to look older than they really are, and their 
skin tends to wrinkle much easier, Jones 

"A woman at the correct body weight 
will look a lot younger and healthy," Jones 

Troupe 'branches out' 
for community comedy 

By Eva Sterling 

Sauce Reporter 

The sound of laughter filled A.A 
Fredricks Auditorium on Nov. 17, 
as the Out on a Limb improv 

troupe performed for more than 75 
students and faculty members. 

Similar to the popular television 
show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" 
the group played more than ten 
different games, including "Sur- 

Chris Reich/the Current Sauce 

"••"an Jarreau and Luke Sexton, both senior theater majors, impersonate a gay couple dur 
9 a skit at practice for NSU's improve troupe Out on a Limb. 

vivor." Each performer took their 
turn to whisper and tell the audi- 
ence who they wanted to "vote off" 
and why. With senior performer 
Lindsey Visacaro's reason to vote 
of a teammate being "she has big- 
ger boobs than I do." 

Some other games included 
myth busters, message in my 
pocket, and world's worst. In 
this skit the performers lined 
up across the stage and act out 
the world's worst playboys, 
baby names, lies, pirates and 
break downs that ranged from 
emotional distress to cars 
breaking down in the hood. 

Singing and dancing were 
among other performances 
displayed in the hour and a 
half show. In one skit, two 
performers had to indirectly 
convince an actor to say, 
"Don't slip on the jelly" while, 

Out on a Limb has 13 mem- 
bers and holds auditions every 
fall semester they hold audi- 
tions where every performer 
must re-audition to return for 
the next year. The troupe has 
two team captains, Luke Sex- 
ton and Brian Jarreau, who 
were selected by the other 
members of the troupe. The 
captain serves as the show's 
host and decides what game 
will be played next. 

Every Sunday afternoon 
they have a mandatory prac- 
tice, but all of their perform- 
ances are original; they try not 
to use the same jokes they 
used during rehearsals. 

"If you bring it back, you've 
cheated the audience," Sexton 

Like everything else, 
improv has rules. "Never 
blame the audience" is one 
that senior member Ware lives 
by when he performs. 

"The key to having a good 
scene is to give and take with 
the other performers. A ques- 
tion can kill a scene," Ware 

Courtesy Warner Brothers Studios 

While waiting for the first test of the "Tri Wizard Cup" to begin, Harry's faithful friend Hermoine Granger offers some helpful 
advice. "The Goblet of Fire" is the fourth movie released in the Harry Potter series by author J.K Rowling. 

Goblet' pressing to be most 
impressive Potter movie yet 


By Emily Bass 

Sauce Reporter 

Early Nov. 11 at the Louisiana 
Boardwalk in Bossier City, long 
lines of excited wizards and witch- 
es stood, all telling their favorite 
quotes from previous Harry Potter 
films. The line leading to the Board- 
walk's theater was packed with 
fans all anticipating the new movie. 
The 2 hour and 38 minute movie 
was no match for these wizards. 

The fourth film in the Harry Pot- 
ter series, rated PG-13, introduced 
fans to a much darker side of Rowl- 
ing's universe than the previous 
films. While anxious little Potters 
dressed in capes entered the the- 
ater, adult viewers tried to keep up. 
"Harry Potter and the Goblet of 
Fire", based on the book by J.K. 

Rowling, dominated the box office 
with gross sales of $102,335,066. 

The film takes away Chris 
Columbus' happy wizards in capes 
appeal, while director Mike Newell 
emphasized the darkness of wiz- 
ardry in "Goblet of Fire." The film's 
original stars including Harry Pot- 
ter (Daniel Ratcliffe), Hermione 
Granger (Emma Watson) and Ron 
Weasley (Rupert Grint) are joined 
by Ralph Fiertnes for the long- 
awaited film appearance of Lord 

As Harry's fourth year at Hog- 
warts School of Witches and Wiz- 
ardry arrives, the 14-year old wiz- 
ard is faced with multiple chal- 
lenges. Hogwarts holds the Quid- 
ditch World Cup and the Triwizard 
Tournament in which student rep- 
resentatives from three different 
wizardry schools compete in 
increasingly difficult challenges 
that may result in deadly conse- 


While the tournament is taking 
place, Harry has recurring dreams 
of an evil plot between Lord Volde- 
mort and his followers. The evil 
wizard, who claimed the lives of 
Harry's parents, makes an electric 
performance that chills the audi- 

The film also introduces romance 
to Hogwarts with the Yule Ball. The 
school-wide dance allows the stu- 
dents to ask fellow students to the 
dance, which causes much humor 
among the classmates. 

The overall impression of the 
crowd was positive indeed. The lit- 
tle Potters now had new lines to 
quote, while the adults appeared 
satisfied with the film's drama and 
intense action. The movie will 
again satisfy the Potter fans until 
the next release. 

6 ufe — The Current Sauce — Thursday, December 1 . 2005 

Fashionable Focus 

Thoughtfulness Counts First 

Wow, the holidays really came 
upon us quickly! It seems like yes- 
terday we were standing in line to 
buy books and spirit T-shirts at the 
bookstore. Soon we'll be standing 
in line to get some of the money we 
get back from those books to buy 
Christmas presents for our loved 
ones. Those presents that we do 
acquire the budget to buy should 
be thoughtful and given with love, 
right? Of course! But sometimes 
when you don't have a lot of 
dough, you've got to think cre- 
atively. If you've got roommates or 
girlfriends like mine that like 
unique gifts, then you'll want to 
make your gift stand out as much 
as possible. 

For the friend that loves 
anything designer: 

Go cheap and get her a look-a- 
like. No, I'm not talking about get- 
ting a cheesy purse or keychain 
that say "FRADA" or "Doobie & 
Burke," I'm talking about acces- 
sories that at first glance resemble 
a designer logo, but are more fun 
and flirty. I recently logged onto and found something 
called "Circus Wallets." These 
wallets are just so darned 
adorable — no joke, check it out! 
For $22 you can choose from three 
super-cute wallets: orange and yel- 
low with lions, monkeys and 
bananas; pink, yellow and blue 
mini-stars; or green and blue frogs. 
They may not say "LV" but your 
friends will sure "LuV" their gift! 

For the friend that likes 
Tiffany & Co.: 

Take a break from the signature 
blue box and go for something 
that's personalized and special. At (also avail- 
able at Things Remembered 
stores), you can look over different 
pieces of jewelry that you can have 
engraved with that special person's 
name or initials. My favorite things 

that I had found were the sterling 
silver bangle bracelets. They're 
small and tastefully elegant and 

For the friend in a sorority: 

It might not mean much to you if 
you're not Greek, but if you are, 
your letters mean the world to you. 
I know that from being an active 
member of Tau Beta Sigma, Nation- 
al Honorary Band Sorority that I 
worked my ass off to earn the 
respect of wearing my letters. 
That's why I know that giving the 
gift of Greek letter apparel or acces- 
sories will always be appreciated. 
Go to, and you'll see 
what's probably on your sorority 
girl's wish list. Everything from 
bracelets and drop letter necklaces 
to flip-flops and sweatshirts, this 
place has it all. Gee, I wouldn't 
mind anything from here... hint 

There is 
either good 
or b«4 

makes it s#. 


For the friend who loves 

Well, there are two routes you 
could take with this friend. The 
first route would be to offer hope- 
less romantic friend some advice 
without being too harsh about it. 
Although the title might keep a 

potential reader at bay at first 
glance, "He's Just Not That Into 
You" by Greg Behrendt and Liz 
Tuccillo is the perfect gift to help 
out a friend in need. Sheesh, I sure 
have used this one a lot lately. The 
advice it offers is outright bold, but 
hearing the truth can be a little bit 
rough. This book can be found at 
just about any bookstore or you can 
check out 

If you want to gift the friend 
who's in love or just likes the idea 
of love, buy her what could almost 
be described as one of the greatest 
love stories ever told, "The Note- 
book" (either the book by Nicholas 
Sparks or the movie staring Rachel 
McAdams and Ryan Gosling). This 
story not only inspires young love, 
but it is also the epitome of how 
strong love really is. For the movie, 
head to or to purchase 
the novel (which is better, to me) go 

For the friend that has 

Make her something! There are 
tons of ideas around that are sure 
to light up any friend's eyes. One 
of my favorite homemade gifts 
was a necklace that one of my 
sorority sisters gave me. It was 
made of Puka shells and beads 
and to this day, it really means a 
lot to me. Other crafty gives I have 
been given were French picture 
boards, homemade NSU Band 
Christmas ornaments or earrings. 
I loved all my gifts because I knew 
that they were made with tender 
loving care and that I was thought 
of while it was being made. 

Remember, Christmas is a time 
for giving rather than receiving, so 
make whomever you are gifting 
feel special with something bought 
or made just for them. Originality 
always implies thoughtfulness, 
and isn't it always the thought that 
counts when it comes to presents? 


1 Cookie holder 
4 Wrecker's tool 
1 1 Health club 

14 Lemon drink 

15 Female lead 

1 6 Tentacle 

17 Hep dude 

18 Abnormal 
location of an 

19 Fizzle out 

20 Asian asses 
22 Slurring 

24 Capital of 

25 Spiritual 

26 Like some 

28 Rolodex info 

29 "_ Bravo" 
32 Prime 

34 Folk stories 
38 Pulp writers 

40 Set up a setup 

41 Phooey! 

42 Not fooled by 

43 Upper house 

45 Haggard novel 

46 Took off 
48 Fireplace 

50 Unfounded 
54 Bribe 


58 Left on the plate 

59 One who 
asserts without 

60 Rural stopover 

61 Asian expanse 

63 Lilly or Whitney 

64 Put a on it! 

65 New Jersey 

66 Pipe elbow 
67 Plaines, IL 

68 Do the town 

69 Mineo or Maglie 


1 Man with a 

2 Hersey's bell 

3 Mark sale items 

4 African 






















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All rights reserved. 


5 Repack for 

6 Repast 

7 Court 

8 Animal with two 

9 Senile state 

10 Brazilian port 

1 1 Hawkins 


12 Monastery 

13 Ending words 
21 Sentimental 

23 Window bases 
25 Finales 
27 Bronte heroine 

29 Greek letter 

30 Writer McEwan 

31 Halloween mo. 
33 Culture base 

35 Sounds of 

36 Stadium shout 

37 Wooly female 
39 Divided nation 
























































































































































41 Peevish 

43 Look down on 

44 Dramatic scene 
47 Clerical tables 

49 Optic orb 

50 Physique 

51 Actress Potts 

52 Dispatches 

53 Trapper's device 

55 Molding curves 

56 Bub 

57 Ruffled border 
59 Regarding 

62 Tumbler rim 

Cod Yuletide Gifts 


By Chris Reich 

Epson r200 printer 

For the digital photographer in your life, this is one of the best photo printers on the market right now. The six 
individual color ink cartridges give this photo printer the ability to reproduce very good images. 

The price of the ink is a little high (about $10 a piece to replace), but they rarely need to be replaced (I hav$ 
replaced 4 cartridges so far, and I have printed at least 60 8x10 photos at highest quality with it). Each color is u 
an individual cartridge, so just because your cyan is low you don't have to replace all the other ones. The fin 
ished product is very consistent in image color and very resilient to scratches. Just remember to use thick papa 
(.07 mm or larger. I find .10 mm to be about right). 

Desktop carnivorous plant set 

Everyone has had a plant of some kind in his or her life, but they don't really do anything fun. They grow tal 
and drink water; that's all really. Well, how about a plant that actually does something cool? How about a plant 
that eats things right in front of you? This is an easy way to get a plant (7 actually) that does that. This is a very 
nice gift that takes some time to grow, but the fact that it does something and is a conversation starter is most 
likely all the incentive you need to actually keep this one alive. 

Axis and Allies revised edition 

Many of you may not even know about this game, but your parents will likely remember it. Axis and Allies i 
like a game of Risk set in WWII. You choose which of the major Axis (Germany or Japan) or Allied (The Unite 
States, the United Kingdom or The Soviet Union) nations you will play as. Then it's just a simple task of worl^ 
domination to win. The different pieces on the map (aircraft carriers, bombers, tanks, etc.) change the dynamic 
of the game. 

D20 fuzzy dice danglers 

OK, these are just too cool not to hang on your rearview mirror. For the Dungeons and Dragons player in yoi 
life (or Vampire: the Masquerade or any other paper-based RPG) these are the perfect gift. These 20-sided diet 
are stuffed and are a great gift when nothing else seems right. 

Pirates of Silicon Valley 

This movie, originally a made-for- 
TV movie, was made in 1999 and 
showed the history of Microsoft and 
Apple. The time spans from the time 
of Microsoft being founded and the 
release of Windows 3. Ifs a great 
movie and for the most part a dead- 
on history of the founding of these 
two giants in computing. Its espe- 
cially interesting because it shows 
how much Microsoft stole from 
Apple and how much Apple got 
from Xerox. Great movie overall. 

The online version of this article will 
have links to the aforementioned gifts for 
your viewing and shopping pleasure. 


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Pro-choicer just wants everyone to get along 

— I hate babies. In my case hate is a be correct most of the time so bear that's a whole other article. With so they hold up at the rally, and only physically but also psycholo 

Aaron Pizza n I 

Sauce columnist 

When I explained to someone 
that I was Pro-Choice she had the 
nerve to imply that I hated babies. 

"Yeah, I kind of do," I explained, 
"but that's not why I'm Pro- 

This is the perceptions Pro-Lifers 
have towards those of us who are 
pro-Choice. Well, most of the Pro- 
Lifers I seem to run into and spon- 
taneously break into argument 
with, anyway. 

Pro-Choicers don't necessarily 

hate babies. In my case hate is a 
strong word, but it sums up my dis- 
comfort with having to deal with a 
small, fragile human that I don't 
understand and doesn't under- 
stand me. 

Once kids can at least argue with 
me about whether Spongebob is a 
sponge of the cleaning variety, or 
the sea dwelling variety that just 
happens to be square, then I start to 
like them. 

Pro-Choicers aren't against peo- 
ple having babies. We aren't 
encouraging people to go out and 
get abortions. We want the option 

On such a complex issue I can 
only speak for myself, but I tend to 

be correct most of the time so bear 
with me 

When does life begin? Well, life is 
everywhere if you're technical 
about it. You kill a few million 
when you brush your teeth in the 

Can we agree that human life 
begins whenever a soul, or some 
form of heightened consciousness 
above plants and rocks, begins in 
the human? When does that hap- 
pen? We don't know. 

Some believe the soul is there at 
conception. Some believe it is after 
birth. Some believe it is somewhere 

I'd even argue that some people I 
run into are soulless altogether, but 

that's a whole other article. With so 
many opinions on when there is life 
within a human it has to remain a 
choice of the individual. 

I'll admit that personally I hate 
abortion. I would never wish that 
situation on anyone and I would do 
everything I could to discourage it, 
except take the choice away. 

In my perfect America, we'll call 
it Pizerica because I'm egocentric, 
the Pro-Choice people and the Pro- 
Life people would spend their time 
and resources on other, more effec- 
tive ways to improve the life of par- 
ents and children. 

Instead of spending money on 
bussing people to Washington 
D.C., spending money on the signs 

they hold up at the rally, and 
spending money on the lobbyist 
already there, why not spend that 
money on a better adoption sys- 

Why not spend that money on 
informing young people the impor- 
tance of using protection along 
with abstinence being the only full 
proof protection? 

Instead of applying guilt to 
would-be mothers with one-way 
tickets to damnation, why not 
lobby hard to put the message out 
there that there are alternatives? 

Instead of abortion doctors being 
so willing to do the procedure, why 
not make sure the mother knows 
exactly what's going to happen, not 

only physically, but also psycholog- 
ically. Even plastic surgeons do that 

We don't live in Pizerica, though. 
We live in America, the imperfect, 
dirty, wonderful democracy that it 
is. So I hope that out there are peo- 
ple from Pro-Choice and Pro-Life 
camps working together to make 
this world better to bring a life into. 

I haven't heard about them, and I 
don't see them on television any- 
where, but I hope they're out there. 

Aaron Pizzani is a junior Histo- 
ry major. To contact Aaron, email 
him His opinions do not necessar- 
ily reflect those of the Sauce staff 
or of the university. 

Cable television's "all or nothing" subscriptions a rip-off 

L. Brent Bozell and 
Gene Kimmelman 

Courtesty KRT Campus 

Three channels of MTV, hours of 
Spring Break coverage, four sarcas- 
tic and profane youngsters, and 
more violence than you care to see. 
Sound familiar? 

So, if you never watch these 
channels, why do you have to pay 
for them? Three words: expanded 
basic cable. Consumers watch, on 
average, just 17 channels. 

But to get them, consumers are 
forced to buy this bundle of chan- 
nels because it opens up the uni- 
verse of programming they do 
want, from Disney and Nick- 
elodeon to CNN and C-SPAN to 
channels for sports fans and history 

This "all or nothing" approach is 
more than just an annoyance, it's a 
consumer rip-off. And it forces par- 
ents to try to protect their children 
from cable programs they may con- 
sider unsuitable just to get kid- 
friendly channels. 

There is something fundamental- 
ly wrong with requiring consumers 
to pay for a product they don't 
want and may even find offensive, 
in order to get something they do 

It would be unthinkable for a 
magazine publisher to tell you that 
in order to subscribe to the chil- 
dren's magazine Ranger Rick, you 
must also subscribe to Playboy and 
Guns & Ammo. 

But that's exactly what the cable 
industry has been forcing cable 
subscribers to do for years. The 
practice limits choice, raises con- 
sumer costs, and prohibits new and 
independent programming on 
cable that may better reflect the 
diverse interests of viewers. 

Despite political affiliations, 
there is one thing everyone can 
agree on: regardless of what pro- 
grams consumers find objection- 
able and why, they should not have 
to pay for channels they don't want. 

For consumers, the appeal of 
being able to choose which cable 
channels to buy is undeniable. And 
for parents who care about what 

their kids watch, the option is indis- 

The cable industry knows there is 
growing consumer support for leg- 
islation requiring 

cable companies 
to provide this "a 
la carte" pricing _ 
an option that 
allows subscribers 
to select and pay 
for only those 
channels they 

To counter- 
act this grow- 
ing consumer 
sentiment, the 
announced that it 
would provide 
free equipment to 
subscribers to block 
unwanted channels. 

But of course, the industry puts 
the burden of blocking these chan- 
nels on consumers, while still 
demanding they pay for those 
channels they block. This is an 

unacceptable option. 

Why did it take so much public 
and congressional pressure for the 
industry to provide even this inad- 
equate option to 
consumers? The 
answer is sim- 
ple: cable's 
leverage makes 
it unaccountable 
to consumers. 
percent of 
c o n - 

have just one cable 
option where they 
live. If they do not 
like what that com- 
pany offers, there 
are few places to 

The cable industry is now 
attempting to scare consumers by 
forecasting increased cable rates for 
unbundled cable packaging. It 
takes some moxie for the cable 

industry to feign consumer concern 
after unilaterally raising subscriber 
rates by more than 60 percent over 
the last 10 years _ two and a half 
times faster than inflation. 

Cable companies claim the 
rate hikes are justified, in 
part, by the cost of provid- 
ing new channels. But in 
many cases, the provider 
actually owns or is affiliat- 
ed with these new chan- 

While including their 
own programming in their 
expanded basic lineup, 
they also use their market 
power to exclude programs 
with more diverse content offered 
by programmers not affiliated with 

It's one reason you probably 
won't find Faith TV, a Christian 
movie channel, on Time Warner, 
but you will find Turner Classic 
Movies, which the cable company 

And it's why you probably won't 
find CoLours TV, a diverse, ethnic 
channel, on Comcast, but you will 

find TV One, Comcast's own net- 
work for African Americans view- 

The point is not that consumers 
should choose one of these chan- 
nels over the other; it is that they do 
not now have the option of choos- 
ing both or neither. "A la carte" pric- 
ing could help break that logjam by 
letting consumers vote with their 

Brent Bozell is the president of 
the Parents Television Council 
(, a non-profit, 
non-partisan group committed to 
protecting children from graphic 
sex, violence and profanity in 
entertainment He can be reached 
at 707 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 2075, 
Los Angeles, CA, 90017. 

Gene Kimmelman is the direc- 
tor of Consumers Union, an inde- 
pendent nonprofit testing, educa- 
tional and information organiza- 
tion. He can be reached at Con- 
sumers Union, 1666 Connecticut 
Avenue, NW, Suite 310, Washing- 
ton, DC 20009-1039. 

Student resents restrictions on smoking NSU22 may deter aspiring journalists 

In times where tolerance is expected 
but hypocrisy reigns supreme, our soci- 
ety pretends to uphold personal choice 
for all; instead it condemns actions by 
passing outrageous laws. The people 
of whom I speak are smokers. Smok- 
ing is advertised as disgusting by 
wealthy politicians who have removed 
smoking areas from restaurants in 
major cities, airports, and even desig- 
nating outside areas as non-smoking. 
Freedom does not exist for all; freedom 
exists solely for those who have the 
power to change it. If I believe the taste 
of a cigarette is delicious, or the feeling 
of the nicotine circulating through my 
body is wicked awesome, then no one 
should stop me from smoking. I can- 
not smoke in what was the smoking 
section in a restaurant, in those glass 
booths that used to be in the airport, 
and worst of all, outside the airport, 
parks, and places where you cannot 
smoke within a certain distance of 

establishments as prohibited by law. 
What has happened to the ability to 
enjoy life whenever and wherever you 
want without 'fatcat' boondogglers 
over hyping smoking? There is so 
much pollution, mold, and dust in the 
air as well as high levels of chlorine, 
arsenic, and iron in drinking water; 
why aren't the problems within control 
of the government eradicated? Smok- 
ing was chosen by vindictive people as 
an enemy of modern America that 
causes death, disease, and bad morals. 
But if I go to the airport to catch my 
flight and it's delayed and I cannot 
smoke so I wait for a few hours then 
get on the plane to find myself on the 
AB side next to a fat guy whose stom- 
ach jeopardizes my ability to fit in the 
seat, I have a higher chance of death, 
disease (obesity=disease, ha), and 
acquiring poor eating habits. Where is 
the congressional mandate disallowing 
fat people from impeding my safety 

with their weight and engulfing food 
like whale to a fish? But it is accepted 
because the people who make the laws 
are all fat anyway. The news recently 
stated that being a 40 year old life time 
smoker is equally unhealthy to being 
40 and obese. If smoking in parents 
promotes the same in children and obe- 
sity in parents promotes the same bad 
habits to their children and causes the 
same damage, then how can one be 
degraded below the other? People 
should be able to do whatever they 
want; smoke or weigh 800 lbs. if they 
like, it does not matter as long as you 
are content with the way you are. So 
much time and money goes to anti- 
smoking while sickness kills people 
everyday. If they find a cure for cancer, 
then they couldn't complain about 
smoking; maybe that's why there isn't 
a cure. 

Skylar de Bran, NSU student 

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We will not print letters that do not include a real full name. 

We will not print any letters submitted to us without a valid e- 
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Raymond Billy Jr 

Sauce columnist 

David Antilley, Director of the NSU 
22 television station, has implemented 
a new policy for the network. 

Beginning this spring, only students 
with a major or minor in journalism 
may compete for news and sports 
anchor positions on NSU 22 news. The 
policy may apply to the weather 
anchor as well. 

The rationale behind this policy is 
that the news program was intended to 
be a learning laboratory for journalism 
students. Plus, journalism students pay 
for the production costs at the TV sta- 
tion, unlike the radio station, newspa- 
per and yearbook which are paid for 
by all students. 

While I understand and respect this 
decision, I do not approve of it. I 
believe that this policy could possibly 
penalize aspiring journalist who are 
simply trying to be creative with their 

Some students may become journal- 
ists and later become medical or legal 
correspondents for a news program. 
Others could be pre-law or pre-med 

and apply to a news program with the 
specific intent of landing reporting 
positions in their areas of expertise. 

However, landing such positions 
will be more difficult without on-air 
experience at one's college TV station. 

NSU's objective should be to help 
students accomplish their career goals 
especially when those goals are under- 
taken in a reasonable -though, maybe 
unconventional — way. 

Another problem with this policy is 
that it might hurt NSU's efforts to 
attract additional students to the jour- 
nalism department. There are probably 
many students who either have no 
intention of making journalism their 
career, or have not figured out what 
they want to do, who would be inter- 
ested in being on NSU 22 news merely 
because they think it would be fun to 
be on television. Once involved with 
the news, the experience of reporting 
interesting and important stories may 
cause some students to catch the "jour- 
nalism bug." Such students might pro- 
ceed to change their majors to journal- 
ism or minor in the concentration. NSU 
22 news should be used as a recruit- 
ment tool. 

Some would argue that this strategy 
may or may not be successful; mean- 
while, aspiring journalist may have to 
sit on the sidelines while some future 
IRS agent logs airtime. But it is not as if 

we do not have broadcasting classes. 

I have worked with the TV station 
throughout this semester. The policy 
doesn't affect me because I am a jour- 
nalism minor, but, I wouldn't want to 
be on the air if I knew that the only rea- 
son I made the cut was because some- 
one more talented was not eligible to 
compete for a position. However, in the 
event that one anchor position came 
down to a choice between me and an 
equally qualified non-journalism stu- 
dent, than it would be perfectly reason- 
able for the position to go to me since, 
theoretically, I would derive a greater 
career benefit. 

I think that the most prudent solu- 
tion would be to even the playing field 
by charging a small tryout fee to non- 
journalism students who want to audi- 
tion as anchors. That way, those stu- 
dents will be contributing to the pro- 
gram financially just as the journalism 
students are and would have a right to 
have equal access to the airwaves. 

I hope Mr. Antilley will read this col- 
umn and repeal his policy. If he does- 
n't, some very talented individuals 
may be excluded from tryouts come 

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The Full 

The final 

First I would like to start off by 
saying if you haven't been paying 
attention to NSU sports while we 
were away for the holidays you 
missed out on some big wins by 
the Demons. 

Congratulations to Coach 
McConathy and his Demons, who 
continue to play one of the tough- 
est schedules in college basket- 
ball, and shocked the Bulldogs of 
Mississippi State, a member of the 
Southeastern Conference, in 
Starkville, Ms. 

With only a few weeks remain- 
ing here, I couldn't have asked for 
anything better than to see a 
Demon squad take down not just 
a member of the respected SEC, 
but a college basketball team that 
has won 20 games and reached 
the NCAA Tournament the last 
four years. 

Less than a week earlier, the 
Demons were in reach of a victory 
over Big 12 power Missouri, but 
fell behind late in the game after 
leading by as many as 12 points. 

The loss to Missouri, although 
not statistically, could eventually 
prove to be a much more impor- 
tant game for the Demons than 
the win over Mississippi State. 

McConathy will certainly have 
his team prepared to manage a 
lead much better throughout the 
remainder of this season after see- 
ing what unfolded in Columbia. 

The experience of 
McConathy's five starting seniors 
and what seems to be a bottom- 
less bench behind them is going 
to be the key for the Demons as 
they attempt to repeat as SLC 
Champions; and hopefully this 
year they can take home the SLC 
Tournament crown which will 
earn them a birth into the NCAA 

The Lady Demon basketball 
team also downed tournament 
hosts Southern Miss on their 
home floor during the Lady Eagle 

With a win over Centenary 
Tuesday the Lady Demons are 
riding a four-game winning 
streak. Hopefully Coach Jennifer 
Graf and her squad carry that 
excitement with them to Nevada 
where they take on Gonzaga. 

If the Lady Demons can man- 
age to back their road win at 
Southern Miss with a victory on 
the road over Gonzaga, this 
young team not only builds a lot 
of confidence in themselves and 
their teammates, but they are also 
getting the game experience that 
will prepare them for their SLC 

One of the only unfortunate 
things about my graduating Dec. 
16, barring any setbacks that I 
may face, is that I will not have 
the privilege of writing about 
these two programs that have 
been so successful while I have 
been attending NSU. 

But I would just like to say 
thanks to all of the NSU teams 
who, with little recognition or 
support from the student body, 
continue to work hard day in and 
day out towards the success of 
their programs. 

These athletes, coaching staffs 
and all members of the NSU Ath- 
letic Department have made my 
job as a sports writer much easier 
with the excitement they have 
provided on the fields and courts 
and their willingness to answer 
the many questions I had. 

Lastly, I would like to close my 
last ever Full Count by thanking 
my family for supporting me 
through college, the journalism 
faculty, especially Neil Ralston, 
for teaching me the tools neces- 
sary for this position and getting 
me through plenty of Wednesday 
nights and all of The Current 
Sauce staff who have helped me 
through the last year. 

Lady Demons ride win streak 

By Justin Hebert 

Sports Editor 

Even after and early-season four- 
game winning streak, second-year 
Lady Demon basketball head coach 
Jennifer Graf is still not ready to 
admit that NSU's youthfulness is 
the best combination for a program, 
but it sure makes for a lot of hustle. 

"They play with lots of energy," 
Graf said. "We are a young team in 
the sense that we still make mis- 
takes, but even when they do they 
are playing hard." 

Graf and her squad, which fea- 
tures only two starters returning 
form last year's squad in senior 
guard Sheronda Bell and junior 
guard Chassidy Jones, allowed 
Southern to conduct a late-game 
rally and pull off a 67-56 win in 
their season opener in Baton 

Since their loss the Lady Demons 
have been perfect, winning their 
home opener 84-74 over Texas 
A&M-Commerce and Tuesday 
came through with a dominating 
78-56 win at Centenary. 

Sandwiched between the two 
contests, NSU claimed the Lady 
Eagle Classic Championship with a 
72-64 victory over Alcorn State on 
Friday and a 85-75 championship 
win over Southern Miss on Satur- 

"All of these games before con- 

Gary Hardamon/ NSU Media Service 

Secon-year Lady Demon head coach Jennifer Graf has used the youthfulness of her basketball team and turned into hustle 
and hard work which has the Lady Demons riding a four game win streak which includes a win over Southern Miss. 

their rotations, but those are the 
things you expect from a young 
team. Our mistakes are becoming 
fewer and fewer with every game. 
We need to work on getting more 
turnovers and steals which lead to 

ference are used to prepare us for 
playing our conference schedule," 
Graf said. "We need to get better 
on both ends of the court. The 
offense is still turning the ball over 
and our defense needs to work on 

scoring points. Playing good 
defense and rebounding is very 
important for us." 

Graf had plenty to be happy 
about with the Lady Demons play 
during the tournament, especially 

that of guard Tena Matthews who 
was named the Lady Eagle Classic 
MVP and garnered Southland Con- 
ference Player of the Week honors. 
The sophomore averaged 16.5 
points and 4.5 rebounds per game 
in the tournament, posting a career- 
best 22 point effort in their win over 
Southern Miss on their home court 

True freshman point guard 
Shonte Kennedy has also been a big 
boost for the Lady Demons early 
this season. Kennedy finished with 
career-highs in both points with 18 
and rebounds with six. 

NSU left Wednesday in prepara- 
tion for Friday night when they tip 
off action in the Nevada Johi 
Ascuaga Nugget Classic against 
Gonzaga at 10 p.m. central time 
and then play either Nevada or 
North Colorado Saturday. 

"We only have 11 games to pre- 
pare for conference so everyone it 
so important," Graf said. "It was a 
great experience and feeling to 
defeat a Conference USA team on 
their home court and in their own 
tournament. We play Gonzaga Fri- 
day and that game is huge for us. 
We look forward to the opportuni- 
ty to play a good team on a neutral 

The Lady Demons return home 
on Dec. 7 to host Southern 
Arkansas, which kicks off a three- 
game home slate in Prather Colise- 
um, where they have an 80.2 win- 
ning percentage. 

Old rivalry goes down to the wire for NSU 



Gary Hardamon/NSU Media Service 

Senior forward Clifton Lee drives past a defender during NSU's home exhibition 
with Henderson State. Lee had 19 points and seven rebounds in a win at Cente- 
nary Tuesday and 11 points and 9 rebounds in the Demon's win at Miss. State. 

Courtesy of Sports 

NSU was very determined and 
Centenary was very sharp. 

That combination produced a 
gritty battle between the state's two 
oldest basketball rivals Tuesday 
night, with the visiting Demons ral- 
lying for a 76-74 triumph when 
senior guard Jermaine Wallace 
nailed a 3-point shot from the left 
corner opposite the NSU bench 
with 17 seconds left. 

NSU survived a last-second 3- 
point shot by Centenary's Alexan- 
der Starr and moved its record to 3- 

The Gentlemen dipped to 1-3 
after losing to the Demons for a sec- 
ond straight season in an 84-year- 
old rivalry that is the oldest active 
series in state college circles. 

"We're lucky to win this one," 
NSU coach Mike McConathy said. 
"Centenary played extremely well 
and had us on the ropes. Our guys 
were trying so hard to win the 
game that sometimes we got in our 
own way and made it tougher on 
ourselves, but they never lost faith 
that somehow we were going to 
pull it out, and we got it done." 

Wallace scored 15 points, hitting 
half of his 10 shots, including 4-for- 
9 on 3-pointers. Clifton Lee led 
NSU with 19 points and 7 
rebounds. Both seniors had big sec- 

ond halves - Lee scored 14 and had 
4 rebounds, while Wallace added 
13 points. 

Keenan Jones came off the bench 
to add 12 points, hitting 5-of-6 
shots. Ten of his points came in the 
second half, as the Demons shot 61 
percent and rang up 52 points after 
falling behind 30-24 at halftime. 

Centenary finished with 57 per- 
cent shooting aim, led by Chris 
Watson, who sank 13-of-18 shots 
and scored a game-high 32 points. 

NSU had a miserable first half 
outing. The Demons sank only 3 of 
their first 17 shots and wound up 
making just 10 of 35 (29 percent) 
while the Gentlemen sank 13 of 23 
(56.5 percent). Centenary led by as 
much as 12, 22-10, and never 
trailed in the first period. 

The Demons finally gained the 
lead for the first time with 6:07 to 
go on a layup by Jones capping a 
burst of eight unanswered points, 
six by Lee. 

That was the first of 13 lead 
changes down the stretch with nei- 
ther team leading by more than 
three points. 

Centenary went ahead 72-69 
with 1:34 to go on a Watson basket, 
but layups by Colby Bargeman and 
Luke Rogers put the visitors on top 
73-72 with 54 seconds remaining. 

Watson scored underneath with 
35 seconds to go to push the Gents 
up 74-73. 

McConathy inserted Wallace, 

who sat out much of the dramatic 
stretch, into the lineup, and the 
move proved golden. 

Wallace took a pass from Rogers 
and hit the game-winning shot. 

"We've won our three games by a 
total of six points, so being in a 
close one is nothing new," said 
McConathy. "That probably helped 
at the end. Wallace is such a great 
clutch shooter that when he got fty 
ball, everybody on our team knew 
he was going to make that shot." 

The Demons head on the road 
for a Saturday night game at Wichi- 
ta State and a Monday night visit to 
Oklahoma State. 

"We may see more talented 
teams ahead, but we won't see any 
who will play any harder or exe- 
cute what their coach asked them 
to do any better than Centenary 
did tonight," said McConathy. "My 
hat's off to (first-year Gents head 
coach) Rob Flaska and his young 
men. They're a tough match up 
with so many quick smaller guys»J 
and when they play as well as they 
did tonight, anybody would be 
lucky to beat them." 

Centenary sank 7-of-12 on 3- 
pointers and benefited from 4-of-l9 
aim on 3s by the Demons, along 
with subpar 12-for-22 free throtf 
aim from NSU. 

The much-bigger Demons domi- 
nated inside play with a 42-2) 
rebounding edge as Lee and Barge 
man each snagged seven. 

Mullins retires for family after improved yeaf 

Courtesy of Sports 

After leading NSU to its three 
best seasons in 19 years of South- 
land Conference volleyball compe- 
tition, head coach Leigh Mullins is 
resigning following her fourth sea- 
son and moving with her infant 
daughter to join her husband in 
North Carolina. 

Mullins and NSU director of ath- 
letics Greg Burke made the 
announcement Wednesday. 

Mullins guided the Lady 
Demons to 25 SLC wins in her four 
seasons, 22 in the final three, boost- 
ing a program that had only 26 con- 
ference wins in its 15 previous sea- 
sons in the SLC. 

"It's hard letting go," Mullins 
said. "This has been my life and my 
family for the last four years. I don't 
want to leave Natchitoches and 
Northwestern, and these young 
ladies, but my personal life has 
changed 180 degrees in the past 
few months. Now that I have a 
daughter, she has to come first. 

Her resignation is effective Dec. 
31. Burke said second-year assis- 
tant coach Brittany Uffelman will 

oversee the program at that time. 

"Leigh has raised the profile and 
competitive level of NSU volleyball 
to unparalleled heights," said 
Burke. "We have had good volley- 
ball players in the past but the 
depth of talent she has recruited 
has greatly contributed to the pro- 
gram's improvement. It was great, 
for example, while attending the 
Southland Conference volleyball 
tournament, to see players 
throughout the roster have the 
opportunity to compete and con- 
tribute in an exciting five-game 

This fall, the Lady Demons fin- 
ished sixth in the 11-team league, 
an all-time best performance, and 
qualified for the first time ever for 
the SLC Tournament, where they 
lost 3-2 to third-seeded and eventu- 
al tournament finalist Texas-San 

NSU (11-16 overall, 9-9 in the 
SLC) posted a school-record nine 
SLC victories, even in a hurricane- 
shortened season in which NSU 
missed a pair of games against 
teams that didn't qualify for the 

This season's unprecedented suc- 
cess in SLC play followed a sev- 

enth-place 8-12 mark in 2004 that at 
the time easily ranked as the best 
showing by the Lady Demons in 
SLC competition. Even the 5-15 
mark in 2003 represented the pro- 
gram's best conference winning 
percentage to that point. 

Mullins gave birth to her first 
child, Avery, on Aug. 19, eight days 
before the Lady Demons began 
their season. Earlier in the year, her 
husband, Ty, was transferred to 
North Carolina. The Mullins were 
married before the 2004 season. 

"It is, albeit regretfully, very 
understood by all involved that 
Leigh's decision to leave and move 
to North Carolina was made for 
family and personal reasons," said 
Burke. "It makes sense and know- 
ing her passion for NSU and, in 
particular, its volleyball program, I 
admire her for making a choice 
which must have been difficult, 
even heart-wrenching. 

"I am grateful to Leigh for her 
dedication to the volleyball pro- 
gram and to her student-athletes. I 
have enjoyed our working relation- 
ship and wish her, and her family, 
all the best," he said.Mullins 
capped her NSU head coaching 
career with a 45-83 overall record 

Gary Hardamon/NSU Media ServOT 

Lady Demon head coach Leigh Mullins yells out instructions during a stunning w* 
over UTSA while senior Isabela Duarte and junior Janel Fisher listen 
(.351) and a 25-53 (.321) mark in "I loved working for Greg Burfe 

conference play after taking over a 
program that had won just 30.8 
percent of its games overall and 
only 16 percent of its SLC contests 
under four head coaches prior to 
her hiring as head coach. She post- 
ed a 22-36 (.379) SLC mark in her 
final three seasons, going 17-19 
(.472) in the last two years, includ- 
ing the .500 mark in 2005. 

and with administrators like (setf 
ior woman administrator) Juli' 
Lessiter, and all of the great peopl* 
in and around NSU athletics, 
Mullins said. "The campus and tW 
community have been so support' 
ive, which helped us get the pre 
gram turned around and on soli 1 ' 
footing where we can compete witf 
the best teams in the conference." 


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helping hand, seminars 

By Raymond Billy Jr. 

Opinions Editor 

NSU's Thurgood Marshall 
chapter of the National Associa- 
tion of Future Black Law Stu- 
dents has arranged to have a 
practice Law School Admission 
Test for students, group Presi- 
dent Krystal Gipson said. The 
NAFBLS also plans to organize 
an LSAT preparation seminar. 

The Kaplan Organization will 
administer both events, which 
are tentatively scheduled for 

The LSAT initiatives were just 
a few of the many items voted 
on during the NAFBLS informa- 
tional meeting and voting ses- 
sion on Monday in Friedman 
Student Union's Cane River 
Room. The LSAT programs will 
be open to all students. 

Gipson stressed the impor- 
tance of students attending 
these events. 

"I would like for as many pre- 
law students as possible to 
attend because they (Kaplan) 
are going to give strategies, and 
our campus has never had an 
actual person to come in and 
give strategies," Gipson said. 
"Students definitely need to 
take advantage of that." 

The group is also organizing a 
trip to the second annual 
National Black Pre-Law Admis- 
sions & Preparation Conference 
and Law Fair. The event will 
take place on Sept. 8 in Dallas. 
NAFBLS will only provide 
transportation to the conference 
for members of the group. 

Gipson, a criminal justice 

major who was elected presi- 
dent on Monday, first initiated 
the idea of an NSU NAFBLS 
chapter last Spring. Gipson said 
she wanted to start a black stu- 
dent law association to help 
encourage more African Ameri- 
cans and minorities in general, 
to seriously consider law 

The group has been chartered, 
recognized by the committee on 
organizations, since last Sep- 
tember, Gipson said. 

In order to be recognized by 
the committee, the group had to 
put together a constitution and 
a set of by-laws and be backed 
by a petition signed by ten of 
the NAFBLS members. 

Gipson recalled how she first 
got the inclination to start the 
NSU chapter from the Internet. 

"National Association of 
Future Black Law Students 
came up, and up on the screen 
and I saw documents (that 
showed how to get chartered)," 
Gipson said. "When I read all 
the reasons why you . would 
charter a black pre-law organi- 
zation it seemed fitting for this 
university or any other univer- 

Gipson said in spite of the 
group's chartered status, there 
are still challenges to be maneu- 

"I have spoken with our pre- 
law adviser about going to the 
other lawyers here in Natchi- 
toches and talking to them 
about internships and fund rais- 
ing and donating funds and 
things like that." 

Gipson said she and Marcus 

Jones, the group's faculty advis- 
er, did most of the early recruit- 
ing to spread knowledge of the 

"Initially, I recruited people out 
of my criminal justice class and 
he (Jones) told me about some 
business majors who were inter- 
ested in law school. So, I left 
some applications for him to 
distribute," Gipson said. 

Gipson said the most impor- 
tant function of the group is that 
students know exactly where 
they can find advisers who can 
help them prepare for law 

"Having someone who has 
been through that process is 
helpful to... students on cam- 
pus. Although there is no given 
(pre-law) major, it would be 
good to go talk to a pre-law 
adviser that will tell you, you 
need to take courses that 
demand writing and logical rea- 
soning and things like that," 
Gipson said. 

In addition to serving the stu- 
dents of NSU, the NAFBLS will 
speak before students at Natchi- 
toches Central High School and 
Lake Side High School. They 
will make these appearances in 
April and May, Jones said. 

Jones also said community 
service is an important function 
of the NAFBLS. 

"We envision providing them 
(high school students) with 
some insight into not just 
preparing for law but, prepar- 
ing for college period," Jones 

"I think a lot of times if they see 

an actual college student in the 
class-room talking to them, 
especially if it is an African 
American, a lot of times they are 
empowered to say T can do this 
as well.'" 

A major accomplishment for 
the NSU chapter of NAFBLS 
was attending the first ever 
National Black Pre-Law Admis- 
sions & Preparation Conference 
and Law Fair, held in Houston 
last fall. Gipson said the Thur- 
good Marshall chapter played a 
role in organizing the venue for 
the conference. 

Jones said the conference was 
important because it gave stu- 
dents an opportunity to interact 
with practicing lawyers, law 
professors and students at sev- 
eral different stages of law 

At the event, Gipson won the 
Stellar Leadership Award for 
her initiative in getting the 
Thurgood Marshall chapter 
chartered. Jones said she 
deserved the award because she 
"really, really, really worked 
hard to get this off the ground." 
Jones stressed that non-black 
students should not be deterred 
from seeking services from the 

"We want to make sure that 
people realize that, if they are 
interested in going to law 
school, this is the place to come 
so that we can answer whatever 
questions they might have, 
regardless of race," Jones said. 

Online polices and procedures 
not quite student-friendly 

By Katie Lopez 

News Editor 

With new polices and proce- 
dures being put into effect for 
online learning, one would 
think online classes would get 
harder, but these polices and 
procedures will make it easier 
for students to communicate 
with their teachers while taking 
online classes. 

Vice President of Academic 
Affairs Thomas Hansen said 
these new polices provide stan- 
dards for the instruction of 
teaching online courses. 

The Southern Regional Elec- 
tronic Board did an audit and 
review of NSU's online pro- 
grams. The SREB suggested that 
NSU have campus-wide guide- 
lines instead of just department 

guidelines, Hansen said. 

"These new policies are not so 
much about the students as it is 
about the teachers. These 
polices are to make sure that the 
teachers are doing their job so 
that way the student can do 
theirs," Hansen said. 

"Students tell you these horror 
stories about how the teacher 
logs online once at the begging 
of the semester gives the stu- 
dents their work, and then the 
students do not hear from them 
until the end of the semester," 
Hansen said. "We are trying to 
prevent this from ever happen- 
ing again." 

"We want for the instructors to 
interact more with the students 
and so there are certain guide- 
lines that the professor must fol- 
low/' Hansen said. 

The following information is 
from the Guideline for Online 
Learning unless otherwise stat- 

Some of the guidelines instruc- 
tors must follow include log- 
ging on to the online course at 
least one time during the week 
to read messages posted by stu- 
dents and to respond to those 

Instructors will check e-mails 
on a daily basis and may take no 
longer than 48 hours to respond. 
And the instructor must pro- 
vide feedback to students with- 
in a two-week period after they 
submit their work to the instruc- 
tor for grading. 

"We also want to make sure 
that the instructors are well pre- 
pared to teach online classes," 
Hansen said. 

At NSU, each department head 
or dean is responsible for the 
evaluation of the content that is 
taught in each course. 

If it is the instructors first time 
to teach an online course, they 
are assigned to a mentor who 
observes them throughout the 

The mentor must have prior 
knowledge of online teaching 
and must be there to answer any 
questions that the instructor 
may have throughout the 

To read more about the new 
policies and procedures for 
online learning, go to NSU's 
homepage and click on the 
eNSU link. From there, click on 
Faculty Support and then on the 
Guidelines for Online Learning 


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Obtaining teaching credentials made easy 

By Katie Lopez 

News Editor 

NSU's alternate certification pro- 
gram is another way to earn a 
teacher's certification without 
stressing through four more years 
of college. 

Dr. Vickie Gentry, interim dean of 
college of education, said the pro- 
gram was started because of the 
growing need for teachers. 

In order to be admitted into the 
alternate certification program, an 
individual has to have at least a 2.5 
GPA from an accredited university 
and must pass the PRAXIS I and 

PRAXIS I is basic reading, writing, 
and math, while PRAXIS II focuses 
on the area in which and individual 
is seeking certification, Gentry said. 

The following information comes 

from the NSU Alternate Certifica- 
tion brochure unless otherwise stat- 

There are three types of programs 
one can go into when enrolling in 
the alternate certification program. 

The first program is the practition- 
er teacher program or preparing 
responsive educators program, bet- 
ter known as the PREP program. 

This program is very intense and 
requires nine hours of graduate 
study to be completed in a six-week 
summer session. 

After completing the six-week ses- 
sion, the individual must complete 
six hours in the fall and spring 
semesters, three hours of internship 
each semester and 3 hours of semi- 
nar each semester. 

Individuals must have the written 
guarantee of a teaching position in 

their certification area or grade fol- 
lowing the summer classes, in order 
to be admitted to PREP. 

The second program is for individ- 
uals who do not want to earn a 
Master's degree, do not qualify for 
PREP, or do not want to become 
certified on the "fast track" PREP 

This program offers individuals 
the opportunity to get certified for 
teaching pre-kindergarten - 3rd 
grade, which is only offered with 
this program. 

Individuals wanting to participate 
in the program can do so in the 
summer, fall, or spring semesters 
until they complete the program. 

This program does not require a 
letter of intent to hire, and an indi- 
vidual does not have to be 
employed, but 24 hours of post-bac- 

calaureate study and a one-year 
internship is required. 

The last program NSU offers is the 
program of study for individuals 
who have a baccalaureate degree in 
such fields as industry, government, 
military, or human resources, have 
a Master's degree, and want to 
transition into teaching. 

A letter of intent to hire is not 
required for this program. Three 
hours of post-baccalaureate study 
and a one-year internship is 

A disadvantage of being in the 
alternate certification program is 
the individual does not get the full 
advantages that the undergraduate 
program offers. 

In the undergraduate program, 
students have the advantage of 180 
hours of field work and 180 hours 

of student teaching, so they are 
well-prepared when they start 

Individuals who enter the alter- 
nate certification program might 
not be as well prepared as educa- 
tion majors, Gentry said. 

Although an alternate certification 
program might work well for some 
students others have different opin- 
ions of it. 

Lauren Day, a senior education 
major, said she thinks the alternate 
certification program is unfair. 

"I feel like we are getting put 
through the ringer with all of the 
hours we have to put in to become 
a certified teacher," Day said. "But 
in the end I do feel that we are get- 
ting a better education and under- 
standing of the teaching profes- 

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Debate in the making: SGA's spring speakers 

By Jim Mustian 

Sauce Reporter 

The Student Government Association 
is one step closer to finalizing a debate 
of the U.S. Patriot Act between the gov- 
ernor of Colorado and the director of 
the American Civil Liberties Union. 

The SGA passed a bill on Monday that 
would set aside $11,000 of student self- 
assessed fees for the event. SGA Presi- 
dent Alan Sypert said the bill, if signed 
by President Randall J. Webb, would 
bring Gov. Bill Owens and Anthony D. 

Romero, the executive director of the 
ACLU, to campus later this semester. 

The SGA also approved a bill to place 
free scantrons and blue books in Watson 
Library. The scantrons are available 
upon request at the circulation desk. 
Students are permitted two sheets per 
day with their student I.D. and signa- 

The test sheets will still be available in 
the SGA office, Room 222 in Friedman 
Student Union. SGA Treasurer Ifrah 
Jamil said the idea was proposed 
because the office is out of the way for 

some, and many students do not know 
the service is being offered. 

Romero, the first Latino and openly 
gay man to hold such a position, is 
known for his involvement in public- 
interest activism. 

He has nearly doubled the budget of 
the ACLU since taking office in Septem- 
ber 2001. 

Owens was re-elected in 2002 by the 
largest margin in state history. He has 
been credited with a record amount of 
tax cuts and a state-wide school reform 
during his tenure. 

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Students are taking more out on their academic plate 

By Lauren Sciba 

Sauce Reporter 

College is like a buffet. 

Students go through the line 
putting a reasonable amount of 
everything on their plates - a lit- 
tle class topped with some 
homework, a side of clubs and 
organizations, sports, a job, and, 
for desert, some free time to 
maintain sanity. It is a diet of 
moderation for most college 
students. But have you ever 
wondered about those students 
who pile their plates high, or 
even use two or three plates and 
still come back for seconds? 

Senior Kyle Harvison is one 
of these students. Harvison, a 
music performance major, car- 
ries 22 credits, five performing 
ensembles, two student organi- 

zations and a club sport on his 
plate. The maximum load an 
NSU student is permitted to 
take is 21 hours. How does 
someone like Harvison stay 
ahead of the game? 

"Honestly, I don't have time 
to fall behind," Harvison said. 
"I do have a daily planner that 
keeps me up to par on when 
rehearsals are, when assign- 
ments are due, and other stuff 
that pertains to my classes." 

Why would someone choose 
to have this heavy of a load? 
Isn't it painful to take on so 

"It's kinda half and half. I like 
to have things to do, and I real- 
ly do enjoy all of the extra cur- 
ricular things that I do," Harvi- 
son said. "The other half is that 
all of the credits I'm taking are 

necessary to meet degree 
requirements. I also am 
required to be in the ensembles 
to fulfill scholarship obliga- 

You know those people who 
like to eat a whole lot of just one 
thing? They eat an entire plate 
of mashed potatoes with a little 
side dish of peas. Tiffany Gris- 
som is one of these people. 
Grissom is a freshman with 
enough credits to already be 
considered a sophomore. With 
21 credits this semester, Gris- 
som stays busy as a psychology 
major and a criminal justice 

"I plan to graduate with my 
bachelor's in three years." Gris- 
som said. 

If you think that is ambitious, 
when asked how she keeps 

from falling behind, she 

"The first week of school I 
was given a lot of my home- 
work assignments for the whole 
year, and that weekend I fin- 
ished them, so I wouldn't have 
to worry about it for the rest of 
the year." 

When both Harvison and 
Grissom were asked why they 
take full advantage of the all- 
you-can eat policy of the NSU 
buffet, their responses were the 
similar: Their long-term goals 
are worth the effort. 

"I think if I have a career in 
music, I'll never work a day in 
my life," said Harvison. "That 
probably also goes into why 
having so much on my plate 
doesn't bother me." 

Cheryl Thompson/the Current Sauce 

Top right: Freshman Tiffany Grissom is studying extra hard to ensure her graduation from NSU in 
three years. Center: Food isn't the only thing students are piling on their plates these days. Bot- 
tom left: Senior Kyle Harvison finds it difficult to balance school with all of his music ensembles. 

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The Prather Punks Daniel Williams, Sherman Desselle, Kyle Harvison and Alan Brawdy cheered on the Lady Demons at the 
UT-Arlington Game. Although the game was a loss for the Lady Demons, the Punks still helped the team put up a good fight. 

Andi Bass 

Sauce Reporter 

Fans cheering, flags waving. 

Punks 'punking?' 

That's right, you heard it. Punks. 

The Prather Punks are deter- 
rnined to reinvigorate school spirit 
at the Demon and Lady Demon 
basketball games. 

According to Prather Punks 
president, senior music education 
major Alan Brawdy, the group got 
started last spring by four Demon 
fans who wanted to get more 
involved in the games. This semes- 
ter the group became a recognized 
student organization (RSO) with a 
mission to fill the stands. 

To increase student participa- 
tion, the group (along with the 
SGA) created student section pass- 
es, made a group on 
and handed out free t-shirts. How- 
ever at the games only a small frac- 
tion of the 200 students with pass- 
es can be found in the student 

A student cheer section like the 
'Punks' help the team because 
unlike other sports, the fans are 
close in proximity to the players 
and can actually be heard. 

Sophomore English major Sarah 
Berry thinks the support really 

"The players can hear you when 
you're down there. It distracts the 
other team too," Berry said. 

And the players definitely hear 
these "Screamin' Demons." 

"The team loves it. We've heard 
from the players that the 30 or 40 
people in the corner really pumps 

them up," said Harvison. 

Evidently, the cheering has 
worked. The Demons have won all 
of their home games and the Lady 
Demons have won six of their 
seven home games. Both teams 
have only won half of their away 

Trying to combat the teams aver- 
age performances on the road, the 
Punks attend away games when- 
ever possible. The group was even 
able to make it to the NSU vs. LSU 
game in Baton Rouge last year. 

So how do you get involved? Do 
you have to have a GPA of 3.0? Do 
you have to cook the team dinner? 

No. The organization is open to 

"We would like to get a solid sec- 
tion of students," said Brawdy hop- 
ing for more support. 

Still riding high off of the Triple 
Crown, student athletic support 
should be at an all time high. 

Ines Flores, sophomore biology 
major, pointed out that this could 
be one of the best seasons yet. 

"I think they can make it to 
March Madness this year," said 

With talented team players 
backed by student support, the 
members of the Prather Punks 
hope to help carry the teams to 
another championship season. 

So what does this mean to the 

Team forward DJ Ross says, 
"Ya'll don't know how much it 
means to us... to see them cheering 
and acting all crazy in the stands. 
We think it's amazing." 

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Simple meals can curb 
appetite and save money 

By Lela Coker 

Sauce Reporter 

Earing is an important part of 
every college student's daily rou- 
tine. Students incorporate food 
into socializing, studying and eas- 
ing stress. 

The money students spend on 
food can get extreme when figur- 
ing the cost of eating out once or 
twice a day. Fortunately, there is a 
solution. With proper planning, 
cooking and preparing your own 
food can save money. It can also be 
healthier because it cuts down on 
the amount of preservatives that 
are in processed food. 

One way to stretch the dollar 
when it comes to preparing meals 
is to plan ahead, make a list, and 
find a common ingredient that can 
be used in a series of meals. Cook- 
ing can also be a fun activity to do 
with friends. Preparing a meal 
together and then earing it can be 
rewarding and out of the ordinary. 

Let's take hamburger meat for an 
example. Four pounds of ham- 
burger meat can prepare four 
meals. Time can be saved by 
browning and draining all four 
pounds the first day. Then divide 
the meat equally into four freezer 

Here are a few ideas for meals 
using hamburger meat: 

Day 1- Sloppy Joes and 
baked potatoes 


-one freezer bag of hamburger meat 

(one pound) 
-1/4 cup brown sugar 
-one tablespoon dried minced onion, 
-one teaspoon cumin, 
-one teaspoon garlic poivder 
-one teaspoon chili powder 
-one 15-ounce can of tomato sauce 

' -one tablespoon Worcestershire 

-1/2 teaspoon salt 

Preheat oven to 350. Wash the 
potatoes, wrap them in foil, and 
place them in the oven. Thaw the 
hamburger meat in a saucepan 
then add the brown sugar, minced 
onion, cumin, garlic powder and 
chili powder. Stir in the tomato 
sauce, Worcestershire sauce and 
salt. Allow it to simmer over medi- 
um heat until flavors are blended. 
Serve on toasted hamburger buns. 
This can also be served over baked 
potatoes or with crackers. A help- 
ful hint for a quick meal is to make 
an extra recipe to freeze in muffin 
tins sprayed with Pam. After 
frozen, pop out like ice cubes and 
store in the freezer. Each cube is the 
perfect size to heat up and eat how- 
ever you like. 


-two packages ofcombread mix 

-one pound seasoned hamburger 

-1 1/2 cups grated cheese 
-one 15-ounce can ranch style beans 
Preheat oven to 375. Prepare the 
cornbread using 1/8 cup more 
milk than the directions call for. 
Spray an 8 X 8 inch pan with Pam 
and pour the cornbread mix into it. 
Sprinkle the hamburger meat over 
the cornbread. Spread the grated 
cheese over the meat. Mix up the 
other package of cornbread mix, 
still using 1/8 cup more milk, and 
pour evenly over the cheese. Bake 
for 30-35 minutes. Serve with the 

Day 2- Taco soup 


-one freezer bag of hamburger meat 
(one pound) 

-one package of taco seasoning 

-a 14-ounce can of chicken broth 

- one cup ofPicante sauce, 

-one 11-ounce can of mexicorn or 
plain corn 

-one 15-ounce can of pinto beans 

Thaw the hamburger meat in a 
saucepan over medium heat. Mix 
in the taco seasoning. Next add the 
chicken broth, Picante sauce, mexi- 
corn and pinto beans. Let it simmer 
until the flavors blend. Serve with 
tortilla chips. Left over soup can be 
refrigerated and reheated. 

Day 3- Cornbread Deluxe 

Day 4- Beef, beans and 


-a pound of cooked and drained 
hamburger meat 

-one small finely chopped onion 

-112 cup uncooked white rice 

-one 15-ounce can ranch style or 
pinto beans 

- one 15-ounce can Rotel tomatoes 

-two teaspoons salt 

-1/4 teaspoon garlic salt 

Using a large skillet over medi- 
um heat, start with the hamburger 
meat then add the onion and white 
rice. Cook a few minutes to allow 
rice to brown slightly. Next add the 
ranch style beans, Rotel tomatoes, 
salt and garlic salt. Adjust heat to 
medium low. Cover and allow rice 
to steam and cook. Do not lift the 
lid for 30 minutes. Serve with a 
fresh green salad or green beans. 

Planning ahead can make cook- 
ing easy and stress-free. It can also 
save money by providing a meal 
for more than one person and left- 
overs-.* ' ' ( ' ' ' 

Glow from the inside-out this year: get an early start on living healthy 

Wow. It is 2000-freakin' 6 already. 
Who would have thought that 2005 
would have come and gone 
already? Well, I had hoped it 
would. 2005 was a really crappy 
year for me. Between dealing with 
a cancer tumor and going through a 
rough breakup, my year completely 
sucked. Remember I wrote that lit- 
tle column on "shopping as thera- 
py?" Yeah. I have no more credit left 
after that. So that was a bad idea. 
However, I did stick with one thing 
I wrote about in that column, and 
that was my diet and workout plan. 

Want to hear the good news? I 
have lost 23 lbs. since August. And 
guess what? I did it the right way, 
too. No super fad crash diets for 
me. No puking up the delicious 
meal I ate earlier. And definitely no 
chaining up the refrigerator to keep 
me away from my favorite snacks. 
There was a bit of self-control 
involved (I did slip every once in a 
while, though) and there was defi- 
nitely a lot of support from my 
roommates and family. 

So here's my secret. I didn't diet 
and exercise more regularly so I 
could be 23 lbs. thinner. I did it 
because my doctor told me I need- 
ed to start thinking about the 

Now, I was never really "fat" in 
the first place. I'm 5'9"and I think 
the weight then was a pretty 
"acceptable" weight (165 lbs.). 
However, I knew that I wasn't 
healthy, and that was the important 
thing. I needed to be healthier. 
Knowing that I was on Hormone 
Replacement Therapy (HRT) made 
me think of how high my risk is of 
getting breast cancer was. It also 
made me think about how heart 
disease is the number-one killer 
among women in the United States. 
Pretty scary, huh? 

I thought so. 

That's why I had to do some- 
thing. I had to prevent bad things 
from happening to my body. I want 
to live to see my graduation. I want 
to live to see my grandchildren one 

day. I want to live to see Fashion 
Week in New York one day! I want 
to be healthy for a lifetime. So that 
is why I first started by setting a 
realistic goal. I set a goal weight, a 
goal metabolism rate, and a goal 
strength amount. I was ready to be 
fit — and so can you. 

Set your goals first. Then follow 
the few steps below: 

One of the first steps in 
getting healthy is to start 
checking out labels. 

We really have no control over 
what corporations put in their 
products, but we do have control 
over what we put in our bodies. 
Making sure you read a label thor- 
oughly will enable you to accurate- 
ly measure and observe the ele- 
ments you consume each day. Look 
for the amount of saturated fat, 
total fat, cholesterol, and calories in 
a serving of the product. Compare 
similar products to find the one 
with the least amounts. If you have 
high blood pressure, do the same 
for sodium. Look at the ingredients. 
All food labels list the product's 
ingredients in order by weight. The 
ingredient in the greatest amount is 
listed first. The ingredient in the 
least amount is listed last. To choose 
foods low in saturated fat or total 
fat, limit your use of products that 
list any fat or oil first-or that list 
many fat and oil ingredients. If you 
are watching your sodium intake, 
do the same for sodium or salt. 

Perform a test to figure out 
your BMI (Body Mass 

The BMI was developed as a sim- 
ple guide to assess your weight. 
This tool is an inexpensive, easy 
way to compare your body weight 
to the general population. It does 
have its limitations, though. It does 
not take into account certain peo- 
ple, such as athletes, that have a 
higher than average amount of 
muscle. Muscle does weigh more 
than fat so these people may be con- 
sidered overweight according to 

the BMI chart. Whether this puts 
them at a higher risk for disease is 
still unclear. Anyone who is over- 
weight is at a higher risk of devel- 
oping problems such as osteoarthri- 
tis. Our bodies are designed only to 
carry so much weight. Conversely, 
the BMI chart may put a person 
with too little muscle mass in the 
healthy range. This can include eld- 
erly and malnourished people who 
may obviously have health prob- 

Figure out a way to get 

We've all seen the advertisements 
for "Verb," a television campaign 
designed to inspire children of all 
ages to just get off of the couch and 
start doing something active. 
Although it is a great thing to do 
more activities throughout your 
day, it is not all you should do. It is 
suggested that in order for one to 
lose any kind of weight the right 
way, you must obviously burn 
more calories than you take in. 
These means designing a workout 
plan that works for you. For some, 
running three miles a day works 
(although they won't be able to use 
their knees when they're 30 years 
old). For others, it's swimming or 
riding a bike. Whatever you decide 
is the right activity for you, keep it 
up. Don't just do it until you've 
reached a "goal" weight. Keep it 
up! For women, the best thing you 
can do for your body is strength 
training. You should also do a good 
cardiovascular workout at least 
three days per week. The strength 
training is to keep up your bone- 
density. By keeping your bones in 
top condition, you will lessen your 
risk of osteoporosis (even if you are 
genetically linked to it, like I am.). 
The cardio workout will help pre- 
vent a myocardial infarction (no, 
not a massive internal fart — a heart 

Follow these steps and start lead- 
ing a healthier life. It's never too 
early to start thinking about your 
future vitality. 


Opinions Editor 



Abortion foe argues for health exemption 

By Raymond Billy Jr. 

Opinions editor 

The Roe v. Wade ruling was one 
of the darkest moments in the histo- 
ry of this country. The notion that a 
fetus is not a being with a right to 
live is beyond me. 

I can't think of a circumstance in 
which abortion should be permitted 
except one: allowing the procedure 
to protect the health of the mother. 
Such an exemption is missing from 
the federal ban on late term abor- 
tion and many state statutes requir- 
ing parental consent or notification 
for minors seeking the operation. 

In 2004, the First Circuit Court of 
Appeals struck down a New 
Hampshire law that required 
■ninors to give parental notice 
before having an abortion. The rul- 
ing was justified by the lack of a 
health exemption. 

Last week, the Supreme Court 
told the lower court to review its 
■"unrig that the New Hampshire law 
w as unconstitutional. The court 
ruled that striking the entire law 

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because it omitted a health exemp- 
tion was too severe. 

One of the biggest problems that I 
have with people as far as their pol- 
itics are concerned is that many 
people take extreme positions on 
issues. On the pro-choice side, for 
example, an extreme position is that 
a minor should be allowed to have 
an abortion without parental con- 
sent. A tired but apt line of reason- 
ing that debunks this point of view 
is that minors can't have their ears 
pierced without parental consent, 
so how can they make a decision 
that will have lasting emotional and 
psychological ramifications without 
the counsel of a guardian? 

On the pro-life side, an extreme 
position is that abortion should be 
banned for minors under all cir- 
cumstances barring parental con- 
sent, even when the procedure 
would spare the mother's long- 
term health. How on earth can any- 
one claim to be pro-life and not care 
about the quality of life - and, pos- 
sibly, the ability to conceive in the 
future - of a pregnant woman? 

Not to say that those on the pro- 
life side do not care about a mother, 
but it seems obvious to me that 

many of them rather risk a moth- 
er's health than a fetus', which 
could be saved if the mother's par- 
ents steer her in the direction of car- 
rying a child to term. 

The New Hampshire attorney gen- 
eral argued in front of the Supreme 
Court that in lieu of what the state 
would deem a vague health exemp- 
tion, a physician could pursue what 
is called a judicial bypass, where a 
physician could go to a judge and 
say that he must perform an abor- 
tion to save a mother's long-term 

But judges are not medical 
experts, and those who favor a 
health exemption fear that, because 
parental consent laws do not define 
what would be a legitimate dis- 
charge from the law, many doctors 
would be unable to receive a 
bypass from the law because of 
uninformed or ideological judges. 

Opponents of health exemptions 
argue that an exemption could be 
used frivolously to terminate a 
fetus because the mother has a 
tooth ache. 

I am worried that the lack of such 
an exemption would cause serious 
damage to a young woman who 

rather take that risk then disappoint 
her parents by telling them she is 

In writing this column, I tried to 
think of some sort of clear language 
to express what a legitimate health 
exemption would be. The fact of the 
matter is I couldn't think of any- 
thing that wouldn't sound vague. 
But, as much as I abhor abortion (I 
use the word abhor because the 
word hate is so overused that its 
meaning has been watered down), I 
rather have a vague health exemp- 
tion that protects a mother's well- 
being than no exemption at all. 

It pains me that so many on the 
pro-life side are using parental con- 
sent laws to prevent abortion rather 
than protect the emotional stability 
of teens who can't possibly under- 
stand the magnitude of a decision 
to end a pregnancy. 

Pro-lifers realize that the lack of a 
health exemption, coupled with a 
minor's willingness to risk harm 
rather than inform her parents of a 
pregnancy, will prevent many abor- 
tions from occurring. But, because 
many such laws have been struck 
down all together simply because 
they contained no exemption, law 

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Demons take on Road runners 

Team plans to step up to bring home another win 

By Leigh Gentry 

Sauce Reporter 

The NSU Demon basketball team will go up against 
the Roadrunners from the University of Texas in San 
Antonio on Wednesday, January 28th. The two teams 
will compete at Prather Coliseum on NSU's campus at 

At this point of the season, the Demons have col- 
lected 10 wins and 6 losses, while the Roadrunners 
have an 8-9 standing. 

NSU's team has a unique situation according to 
Mike McConathy, head coach for the Demons. Play- 
ing time is spread out over most of the players, with 
eleven of them averaging over ten minutes a game. 
McConathy instills in his players teamwork. 

He believes that the most valuable player is the 
team. He chooses to spread the playing time over the 
players, because any given night someone might step 
up. He gives each of his players the chance to step up 
when on his night. 

The coach tries to make the season about more than 
just basketball. He believes in knowing oneself as a 
player and a person and identifying and accepting 
that in order to be successful in the game. McConathy 
puts the focus on education as well as the team's play- 
ing capability. 

Some of the players to notice on Wednesday are the 
three leading scorers for the Demons. 

Clifton Lee, a senior biology major at NSU, ranks as 
the leading scorer and 20th on the Demons' career 

rebounding list. He is also a member of the 2005-2006! 
All-Southland Conference Preseason Second Team 
and sports the no. 30 on his jersey. 

The second leading scorer is Jermaine Wallace, whc 
wears no. 23 for the Demons and is a part of the 05-06 
All-SLC Preseason First Team. He is ranked 20th all 
time on the Demons' career scoring list. 

No. 12 Luke Rogers follows Wallace in scoring for 
NSU basketball. He attended Eastfield Junior College 
before coming to Northwestern and helped them vm 
a conference championship. 

Another player to notice is one on the opposing 
team, the Roadrunners' no. 3 Andre Owens. 

McConathy warns his team about Owens, saying 
"If he gets going he can create real problems." 

McConathy also describes Tim Carter's basketball 
team at UTSA as a very talented team. He sees thijj 
Wednesday's game as a good opportunity to log j 
win, as long as the team does what they do well. 

McConathy says that his team has done extremelyj 
well in preseason games, which turned out to be high- 
ly competitive. 

The Demons' preseason was ranked the seventh 
most difficult and included wins against Oklahoma 
State and Mississippi State as well as a narrow defeat 
from Iowa. 

When asked about the preseason, Coach 1 
McConathy said, "The team handled it well, and as 
long as we stay focused moving into conference play 
then we can be pretty good." 

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Last season, the NSU Demon 
baseball team achieved some 
impressive feats: 41 wins, South- 
land Conference regular season 
title, an at-large bid to the NCAA 
Baton Rouge Regional, and a 
national ranking for much of the 

Sure, the SLC Player of the Year 
Blake Jones and NSU pitching 
leader Daniel Lonsberry are gone 
from the team, but 2006 could 
prove to be an even brighter season 
for the Demons as the team opens 
practice on Saturday. 

"This team is certainly talented 
enough to duplicate a lot of feats 
that were accomplished last year," 
said fifth-year head coach Mitch 
Gaspard, the 2005 Southland Con- 
ference Coach of the Year. "We have 

the bulk of our position players 
back. That should give us tremen- 
dous leadership both on and off the 

Gaspard will welcome the most 
experienced team in his career, and 
perhaps, the most experienced 
squad in school history with seven 
position starters and three starting 
pitchers returning. The roster 
includes 11 seniors and 11 juniors 
and the Demons are the favorite to 
win their 10th SLC title. 

One of those returners is all-SLC 
first baseman Bobby Barbier. The 
four-year starter will enter the sea- 
son a career .287 hitter. He hit a 
career-best .296 last year with four 
home runs and 33 RBI's. 

Second baseman Brandon Mor- 
gan returns as the starter for the 
fourth straight season after having 
a down year at the plate with a .265 
average last season. However, 
Morgan, who posted career-highs 

with eight home runs and 49 RBI, 
will carry a .287 career mark into 
the new year. 

The left side of the infield will 
consist of four-year starting short- 
stop Scott Pittenger (.246 career 
average) while the third base posi- 
tion will be a battle between a 
handful of newcomers, with the 
likely choice being Louisiana Tech 
transfer Randall Lilly. 

At catcher, the Demons will turn 
to part-time starter Michael Flower 
to take the role full-time as 2005 all- 
SLC catcher Marty Dewees makes a 
move to the outfield. Flower, 
another senior in the lineup, has a 
great arm and good vision of the 
field. He batted .283 last season 
with three home runs and 25 RBI in 
just 35 games. 

The outfield is just as experi- 

Dewees, a second team selection 
on the all-conference team as catch- 

er last year, earned a spot on the 
Baton Rouge All-Tournament team 
after hitting nearly .600 in the 
Demons' three games. 

The speedster finished third on 
the team in hitting with a .339 aver- 
age in 53 games. He also had 25 
RBI's and recorded a team-high of 
20 stolen bases. 

Joining Dewees in the outfield 
will be four-year starter Michael 
Palermo and slugger Miles 
Durham. Palermo hit .279 last year 
with two home runs and 20 RBI in 
55 games while Durham hit .242 
with six home runs and 19 RBI in 49 

The Demon pitching staff will be 
young again this year, but well 

Returning starters Dereck Clo- 
eren and Kyle Broughton estab- 
lished themselves as two of the best 
youngsters in the country, earning 
the Louisville Slugger Freshman 

Ail-American Honor. However, a 
host of newcomers along with a 
handful of players returning from 
injuries will give the Demon staff a 
great deal of depth. 

Cloeren posted a 7-3 record last 
season with a 3.63 ERA. The flame- 
throwing righthander led the team 
with 76 strikeouts in 86.2 innings 
pitched. He also tossed one shutout 
and factored in for two other 

Broughton earned All-American 
Honors after leading the team with 
a 9-1 record. He posted a 4.72 ERA 
and had 43 strikeouts in 74.1 

"This is a talented and deep 
staff," said Gaspard. "We have our 
core back, but we'll need to count 
on some new faces to be major con- 

One of those new faces will be 

right-hander Drew Brown. Brown 
a 6-3 junior transfer from Panola) 
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one of the top pitchers on the staff 
Also expected to make immediata 
impacts on the pitching staff will bfl 
Jimmy Heard, a talented freshmaffl 
that could play in the infield, and 
Alex Baboulas, a junior transfen 
from Bossier Parish Community 
College who could play a pivotal 
role out of the bullpen. 

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ty, Inc., would like to congratulate Brother Malcolm 
Bihm for winning Brother of the Year at their 43rd 
Annual Louisiana District Convention. Bihm will com- 
pete again at regionals in March. If he wins he will go on to compete at the National Convention in 
Washington, D.C. in August. 

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The Student Government Association is hosting its 
first monthly ballroom meeting on Monday at 7 p.m. 
The SGA is asking that all interested individuals attend 
this meeting. For more information, contact Aaron 
Pitre in the SGA office, room 222 of Friedman Student 
Union or email him at 

If any students are interested in getting involved 
and making a difference on campus, SGA will also 
have Senator-at-Large positions available for the 
spring semester. For more information, contact Aaron 
Pitre or Alan Sypert, SGA president, in the SGA office. 

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the American Heart Association. The Student Activities 
Board is bringing a version of MTV's 1990s game show 
to NSU students on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Student 
Union Ballroom. 

To determine the four contestants, each of the pos- 
sible 14 contestants will have a jar with their picture 
on it. The jars will be placed around campus, and the 
two girls and two boys with the most money in their 
jars will be the contestants. The jars will be out from 
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Feb. 6 to Feb 10. 

"Anybody that comes to watch can fill out a ques- 
tionnaire and try to win a date with one of the con- 
testants," Courtney Wright, SAB representative-at- 
la rge, said. 

According to SAB Service Learning Committee Head 
Jo'lene Bronk, the proceeds raised from the jars will 
°e given the American Heart Association because Feb- 
ruary is American Heart Association Heart month. 

The theme for the American Heart Association's 
awareness month is "Wear Red for Women." SAB is 
e ncouraging students to show support by wearing red 
°n Feb. 13. 


Last week's issue of The Current Sauce reported that new 
online procedures were not "student-friendly." Howev- 
er, this is untrue - new policies were instituted to help 
faculty better communicate with students. 
We apologize for the error. 

Philia: in full throttle 

By Katie Lopez 

News Editor 

Last week NSU launched 
Philia, a new undergraduate 
research program at Watson 
Library. Students and faculty 
were able to join together to 
discuss the program. 

The program included 
speakers, information about 
research projects, and other 
information that will be use- 
ful for anyone who wants to 
do research on campus. 

Among some of the speak- 
ers were Thomas Hanson, 

provost and vice president of 
academic affairs, Michael 
Matthews, coordinator of the 
Philia program, and Sue 
Weaver, dean of the Universi- 
ty College. 

Hanson said students 
would be amazed at how 
much research is being done 
on campus. 

"We just don't know about 
it; we don't hear about it." 
Hanson said. "It's localized." 

The Philia program will 
give faculty and students the 
opportunity to find out what 
research is going on across the 

campus, Hanson said. 

Weaver said the launching 
of Philia was an initiative to 
get faculty and students into 
the library in order to let them 
know about the program and 
tell others about it. 

"I thought we would be 
speaking to a bunch of adults 
and older people." Weaver 
said. "What is more exciting 
is that we are speaking to a 
young and upcoming group 
of scholars, and that is what 
Philia is all about." 

Philia Is designed to pro- 
vide a set of resources and 

opportunities for faculty and 
students to continue to con- 
nect in research even more 
than they already were. 

Matthews wants students 
and faculty to use the 
resources offered in the 
library to their fullest poten- 
tial so students and faculty 
members can reach their 
fullest potential. 

Matthews said there are 
two things he wants to do 
with the Philia program. The 
first is to work with students 
and faculty in their research 

and assist them in anyway 
possible and in a timely man- 

The second is to provide 
the information researchers 
need in order to be successful. 
This information includes 
local, state and national com- 
petitions, grants and scholar- 

"The Philia program is for 
you. All departments and all 
divisions," Matthews said. 
"Utilize all resources in the 
library. We have over 65 data- 
bases available." 

'Ladies-in-waiting' go Thespian 

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High school students from all over came to NSU's campus this past weekend for the Louisiana Thespian Conference, sponsored by the NSU Department of 
Theatre. These two students are performing their version of Cinderella. For the story and more photographs from the conference, see page 5. 

NSU Express keeps campus active 

By David Dinsmore 

Sauce Reporter 

Like the Beatles song, NSU 
students have a ticket to ride 
this semester. 

The ride is the Northwest- 
ern Express, and its mission is 
to provide students with fun 
activities in an environment 
that promotes a sense of com- 
munity and personal growth. 

"The inspiration was sim- 
ply the desire to see all of the 
primary programming com- 
ponents on this campus come 
together," said Vice President 
of Student Affairs Patrice 
Moulton, who created the 
idea for the Express. 

Moulton said when she 
first arrived here at NSU, 
there would be instances 
when multiple events with 

similar themes would be held 
with one having no knowl- 
edge of the other. 

Her idea was to consolidate 
the efforts of the program- 
ming units in four divisions: 
student affairs, athletics, 
enrollment services, and aux- 
iliary services. 

The units are made up of 
offices such as the Student 
Activities Board and Residen- 
tial Life. 

Moulton wanted events 
"that had a greater impact on, 
number one, the participation 
and, number two, the experi- 
ence that the students have." 

Yet, in a time of budget 
cuts, funding for big events is 
an issue. 

"Each department con- 
tributes," Shelia Gentry, 
director of the campus com- 

munity at Residential Life, 
said. "Everybody is pooling 
their money together so we 
can have more gifts and more 

Because this is a pilot pro- 
gram there are no exact fig- 
ures on how much this pro- 
gram will cost. 

"We are keeping tabs on 
everything we do," Gentry 

The committee, known as 
the All Campus Program- 
ming Team, will use these 
numbers to determine the 
size of the program in the fall, 
which Gentry said could dou- 

Moulton said all depart- 
ments are "utilizing their 
budgets the way that it was 
intended and really not 
spending any more money 

than has ever been spent. 

"It's just a way of repackag- 
ing to make an experience 
versus random activities 
occurring," she added. 

Some of the budgets that 
the program draws from are 
designed to use student fees 
for student development. 
Moulton said this allows the 
departments to share 
resources in a time when they 
are limited. 

That experience begins 
with the All Campus Pro- 
gramming Team. The mem- 
bers are from different 
departments and organiza- 
tions, and they will help plan 
and organize the program. 

Moulton asked each mem- 
ber at the meetings what they 
would be able to sponsor 
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and they all responded with 
proposals to cover certain 

For instance, the SAB opted 
to hire the jazz band that will 
open Northwestern Express' 
upcoming event, Big Easy 

Though organizations such 
as SAB are participating in 
Northwestern Express' activi- 
ties, no one is tied exclusively 
to it, Moulton said. 

In addition to support by 
organizations, Moulton said 
the Northwestern Express 
uses 12 faculty sponsors 
across campus to promote 
upcoming Express events. 

"They make sure all stu- 
dents that come through their 
classroom are aware of the 
activities," Moulton said. 



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Mardi Gras comes to NSU 

By Rayna Jett 

Sauce Reporter 

The Northwestern Express ush- 
ers in the Krewe of NSU for Big 
Easy Week, which will run from 
Feb. 21 through Feb. 23. 

Yonna Pasch, assistant director of 
student activities and organiza- 
tions, said "NSU Express is an 
effort to bridge the gap between 
departments on campus and the 
gap between faculty and students." 

The Northwestern Express com- 
mittee is "jazzing it up" on Feb. 21, 
in the Friedman Student Union 

lobby from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A jazz 
band processional will kick-off the 

Students will be able to partici- 
pate in a Big Easy banner contest, 
and the lobby will be decorated 
with the banners student submit. 

On Feb. 22, there will be a 
"Masked Affair" in the Student 
Union lobby from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Students, faculty and staff can learn 
about Mardi Gras traditions such as 
the origin of King Cake, Flambeaux 
or Mardi Gras Indians. Students 
and faculty can sign up to have a 
display of Mardi Gras traditions 

placed in a poster session competi- 

The WRAC will host the 
"Olympic Challenge: Go for the 
Purple, Green & Gold" at 3 p.m. 
Anyone interested can sign up to 

Participants can get a free cup of 
red beans and rice, provided by 
Aramark, if they contribute in the 
Mardi Gras Mask Supplies Service 
project. The supplies go to the Cane 
River Girls Home of Natchitoches. 

The mask supplies will be accept- 
ed at all events during Big Easy 

Volunteers can sign up to bring 
the supplies to Caner River Girls 
Home on Feb. 23 from 4:30 p.m. to 
6 p.m. The volunteers will use these 
supplies to help make Mardi Gras 
masks with girls living at the home. 

The Krewe of NSU will host a 
Mardi Gras Ball at 7 p.m. in the Stu- 
dent Union ballroom. Students, 
faculty, and staff are asked to regis- 
ter to participate in this formal 
event. The Inner City All-Star band 
will be performing. 

The winners of all Big Easy Week 
events will be announced at the 
ball. There will also be a mini-float 

competition, and two students will, 
be crowned king and queen of the 
Krewe of NSU. 

SAB, Student Support Services, 
new student programs and several 
academic departments are working 
together to provide other programs 
students want to see on campus, 
Pasch said. 

A registration form and guide- 
lines for all events can be picked up 
in room 214 of the Student Union. 
When people sign up for any of the 
events, they will receive a list of 
items that they can bring to con- 
tribute to the Mardi Gras mask sup- 
plies service project. 

The deadline to register for the 
Big Easy Week events has been 
extended to February 13, 2006, 
Contact Pasch at 
or 357-5438 for more information. 

Big Easy Week also gives yog 
another chance to register for a free 
vacation sponsored by the NSU 
Express committee. 

All NSU Express events are paid 
for through student fees so | 
involved and "Laissez Les Boij 
Temps Rouler," Let the good times 
roll NSU. 

"NSU express is a collaboration 
between the academic departments 
and administrative departments on 
campus." Pasch said. 

Natchitoches holds homecoming ceremony for local troopi 

By Lane Luckie 

Sauce Reporter 

Dreary skies and cold tempera- 
tures did not seem to dampen the 
spirits of the over 100 hundred peo- 
ple who gathered to welcome home 
recently deployed soldiers from 
our area. 

Family, friends, and other well- 
wishers gathered Jan. 22 at the 
Natchitoches Events Center to 
honor members of Troop A/ 108th 
Cavalry. The unit spent a year in 
Iraq before they set foot on home 
soil in late September. 

"I loved what I did over there," 
said Sgt. Jerod Ward. "I loved 
going on patrol, helping the people, 
helping the people, seeing the peo- 
ple, but it's not something I want to 
do again." 

Ward and the rest of his unit con- 
ducted searches of cities, engaged 
insurgents and participated in 
rebuilding efforts in support of 
operation Iraqi Freedom 3. 

"Saddam Hussein's regime 
destroyed any kind of backbone 
these people had. We tried to build 
them back up and let them know 
that they have a voice and they can 
help themselves by helping us," 
Ward said. 

Interacting with the Iraqi chil- 
dren and seeing their gratitude was 
the most rewarding part of his mis- 
sion, Ward said. 

"We would play with them, give 
them candy, and they would come 
up to us, and you could tell in their 
faces and voices, they wanted to 
communicate with us. With the 
language barrier, that couldn't hap- 
pen. We spent so much time with 

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Members of Troop A/108th Cavalry attend their welcome home ceremony after returning from Iraq. The ceremony was held on January 22 in the Natchitoches Events 

them, we even taught them some 

Ward said his greatest challenge 
was not on the battlefield, it was 
thousands of miles away in Natchi- 

"The worst part was being away 
from my wife and being away from 
my family." 

Ward's wife, Rachel Ward, who 
was a student at Northwestern at 

the time, said she also struggled to 
find her own ways to cope. 

"He would call when I was in 
class. There was a nine-hour time 
gap, and my professors let me leave 
class to talk. That was one of the 
more helpful things." 

"We have what we call the Fam- 
ily Readiness Group, or F.R.G., and 
we would have meetings once a 
month. The families could get 

together and talk," she said. 

The Wards said the outpouring 
of support from the community 
comforted them. 

"They would always come up 
and ask how things were going, 
they would go out of their way to 
let me know they were thinking 
about me," Sgt. Ward said. 

"He was bombarded. People 
wanted to hug him, and say wel- 

come home, and giving him gifts. 
That really makes him feel good," 
his wife said. 

Although the troop returned to 
Natchitoches in late September, 
many of the soldiers were called to 
aid the relief efforts for Hurricanes 
Rita and Katrina. This second 
round of service postponed any 
homecoming celebration until now. 

Career and Counseling Services provide 
activities and opportunities for NSU students 

By Kristen Alexander 

Sauce Reporter 

The spring semester is a busy 
time for everybody, especially the 
staff in the Career and Counseling 
Services office, who has many stu- 
dent activities and opportunities 
scheduled in order to better assist 
our student body. 

Different career services offered 
to NSU students are career coun- 
seling, career development, career 
planning and placement activities, 
as well as Orientation 1030, which 
is a career guidance course. 

Career Planning helps students 
focus on the job that is right for 
them and assists them in making 
positive decisions toward their 
career goals. 

Career Services also provides 
resources to students such as test- 
ing and counseling, so they can 
research their careers. 

Career services also helps stu- 
dents create productive resumes 
and cover letters as well as sched- 
ule on-campus interviews with 
companies who wish to interview 
NSU students. 

Students can also participate in 
workshops conducted in residence 
halls throughout the semester. 

Aside from career counseling, 
students can also come for person- 
al counseling. 

Session can be conducted indi- 
vidually with Rebecca K. Boone, 
director of the services, the Trad R. 

LaBom, Personal and Career Coun- 
selor, and also student personal 
services graduate counseling 

The information gathered during 
appointments or in conversation 
with a counselor is strictly confi- 
dential unless written consent of 
the student to release the informa- 

All of these services are provided 
to students free of charge. 

Upcoming events for the Career 
and Counseling Department 
include the summer job fair, the 
district Literary Rally and the 
teacher job fair. 

The summer job fair will be held 
on Feb. 21, from 9a.m. to 1p.m. in 
the Student Union Ballroom and 
will have employers will be pres- 
ent to provide full-time and part- 
time summer employment as well 
as internship opportunities. 

The District Literary Rally will 
be held on Mar. 11, and is where 
high-achieving academic students 
come to compete once a year. 

The teacher job fair is geared 
toward education majors in which 
local. Surrounding school systems 
interested in NSU graduates will 
come to interview potential teach- 

The Career and Counseling 
Office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 
p.m., Monday thru Friday, and is 
located on the third floor of the Stu- 
dent Union in room 305. 




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a job is straight through our door." The 
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direction to NSU students. Right: Signs 
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NSU finally gets wireless internet access 

By Chris Reich 

Photo Editor 

Students will soon be able 
to access a wireless network 
in academic buildings on 
campus to check blackboard, 
look up information their 
teachers are lecturing about 
and chat with friends. 

The NSU Department of 
Information Technology will 
be updating the network to 
allow wireless Internet access 
in Watson Library, Fournet 
Hall, Morrison Hall, Family 
and Consumer Sciences, Bien- 

venu Hall, Russell Hall, the 
Health and Human Perfor- 
mance Building and the A.A. 
Fredericks Center for Creative 
and Performing Arts, accord- 
ing to a press release from the 
NSU News Bureau. 

The networks in the Fried- 
man Student Union and 
Kyser Hall have already been 
installed and are up and run- 
ning for students to use. 

Other locations that will 
have wireless access include 
the area outside the Student 
Union, the courtyard by Mor- 
rison Hall and the tailgating 


To access the network, stu- 
dents must have a laptop 
computer with a wireless net- 
work card that supports the b 
or g protocol. 

Almost all consumer cards 
support these protocols, as do 
most laptops that are wireless 

Students will have Internet 
access and will also be pro- 
tected by the university's fire- 

The firewall will protect 
students using the wireless 
network from becoming 

infected or infecting other 
computers with viruses. 

The firewall is not an 
excuse to ignore system or 
virus updates, according to 
Jim McCrory, director of 
Information Systems. 

Security was one of the 
main concerns for the 
upgrade, especially with stu- 
dents using their personal 
computers to access the uni- 
versity network. 

"Part of the process was to 
overcome some security con- 
cerns. We consider this a 
secure network now," McCro- 

ry said. 

The idea of adding wireless 
ability to the main campus 
has been floating around for 
some years before NSU Presi- 
dent Randall Webb decided to 
approve the idea a year ago, 
McCrory said. 

The NSU campus at 
Leesville turned its wireless 
network on almost four years 
ago and was the first NSU 
campus to have wireless 

Information Systems hired 
a contractor to evaluate the 
areas that would benefit from 

the access and to determine 
the exact locations on campus 
for the wireless access points. 

They had to make sure 
there were no dead spots in 
the buildings in which they 
were installing the access 
points, he said. 

Information Systems then 
determined if the network 
infrastructure needed to be 
updated to handle the access 
points. They had to make sure 
the current network could 
handle the additional laptop 
users, he said. The hardware 
was then bought and the 

security concerns were 

Gary Gatch, network 
administrator for NSU, said 
the final stage, which began 
this week and will be finished 
in two weeks, is the actual 
installation of the network. 

Darlene Williams, director 
of electronic and continuing 
education, said the Help Desk 
they has a list of supported 
and tested cards right now 
and will have the access infor- 
mation around the time that 
the network install is com- 

WRAC challenges community 
with fitness showdown 

By Kayla Brossett 

Sauce Reporter 

The Wellness, Recreation 
and Activities Center will 
host a fitness challenge from 
Feb. 6 through Mar. 31. 

Robyn House, the director 
of the event, said, "Our goal 
is to get people to try different 
activities at the WRAC, keep 
them interested, and promote 
health awareness." 

WRAC members can form 
teams of four to compete in 
the challenge. Everyone who 
signs up will receive a score 
sheet that lists the activities 
the WRAC will offer. 

After completing each 
activity, the sheet has to be 
initialed by a WRAC staff 
member to receive points. 
The team with the most 
points in the end will receive 

the grand prize, which will be 
donated by local Natchi- 
toches businesses. 

There will also be prizes for 
the first and second runner- 
up winners. 

Junior Mia Poullard said, 
"The challenge is motivation 
for me to work out, and I 
receive prizes for staying 

All students, faculty, staff, 

alumni and other WRAC 
members are invited to par- 
ticipate. If someone does not 
have a team of four, he or she 
can be placed on a team. 

The deadline to sign up for 
the challenge is Feb. 10. Visit 
the WRAC today to sign up 
and receive an entry packet. 

For more information, con- 
tact House at 357-5331 or at 

SGA finding ways to fund organizational trips 

By Jim Mustian 

Sauce Reporter 

Student organizations can 
now look to the Student Gov- 
ernment Association for addi- 
tional funding when plan- 
ning trips. 

The Organizational Relief 
Fund was designed to assist 
Recognized Student Organi- 
zations and university 
departments with the costs of 

transportation, lodging, and 
registration fees. 

The ORF committee is cur- 
rently accepting applications 
from organizations partici- 
pating in events "academic, 
educational, or professional 
in nature," according to a 
memorandum the SGA 
released on Monday. 

SGA President Alan Sypert 
said the fund has the poten- 
tial to affect several student 


"We expect this to be pretty 
popular," Sypert said. 

To be considered for fund- 
ing for an event, organiza- 
tions should apply one 
month prior to the event. 
Requests for reimbursements 
must be filed within thirty 
days of returning. 

The ORF committee, which 
will meet once a month, 
requires organizations to 

raise at least 30 percent of the 
amount they request. 

Organizations are eligible 
to receive funding only once 
an academic year. 

The SGA drafted the ORF 
last March. Students later 
approved the fund during the 
spring elections. 

Applications are available 
in room 222 of Friedman Stu- 
dent Union. 

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High school students show 
off talent and learn a few 
things at theater conference 

Photos by Teranda Donatto 
Story by Kelli Fontenot 

Sauce Reporter 

The NSU theater department hosted the Louisiana Thespians Confer- 
ence on Friday and Saturday. 

The conference provided a chance for high school students to attend 
workshops, learn new acting techniques, and see what being a theater 
major at NSU is really like. 

Tibeaux Hampton, president of the Student Theatre Organization, said, 
"The whole point of it is just for them to connect with other students in 
their art." 

Twenty of Louisiana's "Thespian Troupes" participated this year. 
Young actors and actresses competed in events such as duet musical the- 
ater, monologue and pantomime, solo musical theater and duet acting, 
but the tournament was not limited to those with dramatic talent. 

Melody Jones, a junior musical theater major, said, "I like the Tech 
Olympics. It's a competition between the tech students from different 
high schools to see who can do certain things fastest." 

Jones said last year's challenge was for a team of students to climb a 
ladder and adjust a spotlight while being timed by NSU judges. 

"It was really cool," she said. "I liked watching the high school kids run 

The department also offered a dance for the students on Saturday. 

Bonnie Gordon, a sophomore theater major who helped out during the 
dance, said, "I discovered that there is a line dance for 'Thriller'." 

Gordon laughed, but she added that her favorite part of the conference 
was the improvisation workshop, not the dance. 

Hopefully, all of the fun and games will encourage talented seniors to 
consider the NSU theater program during their college selection process. 

These seats in A.A. Fredericks Fine Arts Center did not stay empty for long. 
Once the Thespian Conference began on Friday, high school students from all 
over Louisiana quickly filled the entire Creative and Performing Arts Center. 

From far left: Faculty member Sean Parr discusses microphone technology with 
the students; participants from St. Joesph's Academy in Baton Rouge sing "Under 
the Sea" from the Little Mermaid; Rob Robinson helps the students out out with 
the tech Olympics. 

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Return of the Pink Panther 

• Red Eye 

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'Lady of the Bracelet* more than just a pretty face 

By Andi Bass 

Sauce Reporter 

Stan Fields: "Miss Rhode Island, please describe 
your idea of the perfect date. " 

Cheryl, "Rhode Island": "That's a tough one. 1 
would have to say April 25th. Because it's not too 
hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket." 

This quote from "Miss Congeniality" show- 
cases the "dumb" stereotype commonly associ- 
ated with beauty pageant contestants, but 
Courtney LaCaze, the 2005 NSU Miss Lady of 
the Bracelet, promotes the idea that there is a 
lot more to the pageant than looking good in a 

The contestants must have good grades, and 
they are often involved in multiple activities 
outside of classes. 

LaCaze, a senior journalism major, has been 
an anchor for NSU 22, the executive vice presi- 
dent for Sigma Sigma Sigma, a member of the 
Public Relations Student Society of America, 
and a youth minister, all while working a job 
and keeping her grades up. 

Like LaCaze, many contestants this year par- 
ticipate in extracurricular activities while hold- 
ing down jobs. Winning the pageant could alle- 
viate some of the stress of carrying such a full 

LaCaze entered the pageant not only because 
it was something she knew she would enjoy, 
but also because it helps her pay for school. 

"I got to cut my hours at work because of 
what it paid for. I get more into my studies and 
more into my school," she said. 

The winner of the pageant receives paid 
tuition, a meal plan, and money for books for a 
year. The winner also receives a trip to the Miss 
Louisiana pageant, where a total of over 
$53,000 in prizes is given away. 

The first runner-up receives a scholarship 
that pays for half of the tuition amount for a 

Miss LOB does not simply disappear after 
she receives the crown and her check. 

LaCaze has spent the past year promoting 
the university and her platform, Louisiana 

education on alcohol and drugs. 

"I went and talked to high schoolers in 
regards to my platform and have even emceed 
a few times. It's a job; I have fun with it, but I 
also use it to promote Northwestern because 
you are the official spokesperson," LaCaze 

With her reign coming to an end, she reflects 
upon her year as Miss LOB. 

"I'm really sad. I don't think it was long 
enough," said LaCaze. "I think it is probably 
one of the most memorable experiences I've 
ever had in my life." 

The experience was also educational by 
helping prepare her for life after college. 

"From doing the pageants and the inter- 
views, I think I am more prepared for the pro- 
fessional world. It's a great way to build poise 
and personality under pressure by being on 

Pressure does not begin to describe the con- 
testants' experiences. Many of us squirm at the 
thought of standing in front of the mirror in a 
swimsuit around summertime and finally 
coming to grips with where all of that holiday 
stuffing ended up. Imagine doing that on a 
stage in front of all of your peers. 

"It is so hard to compete in front of the stu- 
dent body in a swimsuit," she said. "LOB is 
one of the hardest pageants to compete in 
because you are competing in front of all of 
your college peers. But I had a lot of fun." 

While she cannot help the contestants this 
year in the swimsuit department, LaCaze has 
been assisting the girls in other ways, such as 
helping with mock interviews and giving the 
girls some pointers. 

"My advice to all the contestants is to relax," 
LaCaze said. "Be sincere and have fun, and if 
you take away anything, it is the friendships. It 
is also important to be knowledgeable on the 
Miss American Organization and familiar with 
current events, because the interview process 
is probably one of the hardest interviews I 
have ever been through in my life." 

This year's pageant kicks off on Saturday at 
7 p.m. in A.A. Fredericks Fine Arts Center. 

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Advertisements/Life Section - The Current Sauce - Thursday, February 2, 2006 

I'm starting this week's 
column off with a little bit 
of humor. Remember that 
episode of "Friends" where 
Joey tries on the "man-bag" 
from Bloomingdales with 
Rachel? Here's an excerpt 
from that scene: 

]oey: But it is odd how a 
women's purse looks good on 
me, a man. 

Rachel: Exactly! Unisex! 

]oey: Maybe you need sex. I 
had sex a couple days ago. 

Rachel: No! No, Joey! U-N- 

Joey: Well, I ain't gonna say 
no to that! 

Well, if you haven't fig- 
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this week it's all about uni- 
sex items. For ages, design- 
ers have been trying to 
make fashion a complete 
gray-area smorgasbord for 
males and females. In the 

1980s it was the hair— 
everyone had long, big hair. 
It didn't matter what sex 
you were, you had long, big 
hair. If you were a 30- 
something-year-old woman 
and had hair like Mick Jag- 
ger, you were cool. If you 
were a 20-something-year- 
old man and had hair like 
Kathy Ireland, you were 
hot. It was all the same. It's 
almost surprising there 
weren't more accidental 
same-sex marriages; you 
know, where a girl mistakes 
another girl for a guy with 
long, big hair. 

In the 1990s, I would 
have to say accessories 
became the popular unisex 
items. From hats to bags, 
just about all facets of each 
gender had similar tastes. 
Messenger bags became 
pretty popular then, and 
they are still on the rise 

Nowadays, I think the 
unisex item really isn't 
exactly an item. It's a 
color — pink! That's right 
boys... pink. 

I have noticed that since 
the revolution of the "metro 
sexual" that the typically- 
feminine hue has turned 
into a massively desired 
fashion must-have. From 
pink shirts to pink bracelets 
and belts, pink has become 
intensely popular! 

I think it's great; it's a sign 
that more and more males 
are accepting that you don't 
have to wear blue all the 
time to convince yourself 
that you are a manly man. 
You don't have to wear that 
same old same old black 
pinstripe suit with that bor- 
ing old white button down. 
You can have a splash of 
color — and that's ok! 

Thanks to Carson from 
"Queer Eye for the Straight 

Guy," bright colors have 
become more commonly 
accepted. At first it was by 
the homosexuals, then by 
the metrosexuals, and now 
gradually by straight men. 
It's becoming a rainbow 

The cool thing is that 
there isn't just ONE shade 
of pink that is popular — 
they all are. Hues like coral, 
salmon, fuchsia, magenta 
and pink cotton are just a 
few to be named, but 
instead of sitting and look- 
ing at the names, go out and 
look for them on the racks! 

For the guys who haven't 
ventured into the realm of 
"rose," it's ok... pink does- 
n't bite, I promise. For the 
men who have, kudos. 
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'Last Holiday' kills at box office 

By Willie Valerie 

Sauce Reporter 

If you had three weeks to 
live, what would you do? 

Would you sit by and let 
time pass you by or would 
you go for the gusto and 
embark on a financial fren- 
zy before kicking the buck- 

Queen Latifah, the rap- 
per-turned-actress known 
for starring in critically 
acclaimed roles in movies 
such as "Set it Off" and 
"Chicago," portrays a 
woman who is destined to 
go all out before her last 
days on Earth in her new 
movie "Last Holiday." 

Latifah plays Georgia 
Byrd, a shy saleswoman 
who works a retail job in the 

cookware section of Kra- 
gens, a New Orleans 
department store. 

Byrd's secret love interest 
is her co-worker Sean 
Matthews, portrayed by 
rapper and actor L.L. Cool J. 
Byrd keeps pictures of 
Matthews in a secret photo 
album. Even though she is 
very interested in 
Matthews, she is too shy to 
act on her ambitions. 

Her doctor tells her she 
has a rare brain disease and 
only has three weeks to live. 
Feeling like she has nothing 
to lose, Byrd decides to cash 
in her entire 401K and 
spend her last three weeks 
on a wild, hair-raising tour 
of the Czech Republic. 

She stays in the famous 
Grand Hotel Pupp and rais- 

es the curiosity of many 
people there about her iden- 
tity, such as Didier, a 
famous chef with whom 
Byrd eventually becomes 

She also raises the ire and 
suspicion of Matthew Kra- 
gen, the owner of the Kra- 
gen retail store franchise, 
played by Timothy Hutton. 
Kragen believes Byrd is 
there to shake up his plans 
of negotiating with 
Louisiana politician Sen. 
Dillings, played by Giancar- 
lo Esposito. 

Byrd eventually finds out 
her doctor misdiagnosed 
her, and she does not have 
the deadly brain disease. 

A good thing about the 
film is the light-hearted 
comedy and wacky antics, 

such as Byrd trying on 
designer clothes. For young 
children, there may be some 
sexual innuendos that go 
over their heads. 

The filming of the movie 
in New Orleans before the 
hurricane in August gives 
viewers a look at the city 
before it was ravaged by the 
hurricane. This should defi- 
nitely invoke a melancholy 
feeling in many movie fans 
from that area. 

Regardless, "Last Holi- 
day" is a very entertaining 
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Don't be a fool; stay in school 

By Raymond Billy 

Opinions Editor 

"Vitality shows in not only the ability to 
persist but the ability to start over" 
-F. Scott Fitzgerald 

The college drop-out rate is at an alarm- 
ing level, and there doesn't seem to be 
much hope in slowing the trend. 

Recent statistics on the subject indicate 
the graduation rate for public institutions 
has fallen to 42 percent, while the figure at 
private universities stands at 55 percent. 
One of the most troubling explanations for 
this trend is that many students are inse- 
cure or undecided about their majors or 
career choices. 

A study by The American Council on 
Education (ACE) showed that in the fall of 
2004 about 20 percent of incoming fresh- 
men were undecided about their majors. 
Experts say the undecided and the insecure 

have combined to form an "at risk" popu- 
lation because ambivalence drives many of 
them to leave school. 

I can certainly relate to these students. I 
have questioned my desire to become a 
journalist several times do to the excessive 
emphasis on entertainment that exists in 
the news medium. I have finally narrowed 
my career options to areas that my current 
major will equip me well for, regardless of 
the path that I ultimately choose. 

Nevertheless, students who aren't sure 
of what they want to do shouldn't worry, 
and I would strongly advise against drop- 
ping out or taking a semester off. By all 
means, if the situation has become so 
stressful that your ability to succeed in col- 
lege has been impaired, then take time off. 
But simply being confused or unsure about 
your career choice is not a reason to delay 
your education. 

At the age of 18 or 19, it is unrealistic to 
believe you will have a firm grasp on what 
you want to do for the rest of your life. As I 
have noted in a previous column, many 
students are so busy with extra auricular 
activities in high school ,in an effort to win 
college scholaships, many do not have time 

to seriously focus on exactly what they 
want until they get to a university. 

I don't remember exactly what is taught 
in the freshman orientation class, but I 
hope that underclassmen are told that it is 
rare to make it through one's entire college 
career having only declared one major. 
According to the ACE study mentioned 
earlier, 65 percent of freshmen who declare 
a major change it at least once during their 
college careers. 

"Instead of taking 
time off to 'find 
yourself, students 
should use their 
college education to 
find out what they 
want to do." 

Instead of taking time off to "find your- 
self," students should use their college edu- 
cation to find out what they want to do. 

Students should use what they don't 
like about their current major to eliminate 
options. This process will help them to 
decide exactly what kind of career they do 
want. Students who enter college undecid- 
ed should spend their first year and a half 
taking core requirements and using those 
classes to help them determine a career 

But students should also realize career 
confusion doesn't necessarily end after 
graduation. An increasing number of 
Americans spend years in one career only 
to later find that it no longer appeals to 
their life-style preferences. A great number 
of these people do not require further 
schooling to transition into new fields 
because their old jobs are closely related. If 
not, ownership of a degree gives employers 
confidence that a person is competent and 
can learn quickly on the job. 

The key is to remain in college because 
once you leave, it is difficult to return. Plus, 
having to pay back thousands of dollars in 
college loans will be a bitter pill to swallow 

with no degree to show for it. Geri Cotter, 
director of the Career Center at Nebraska 
Wesleyan University, believe that for many 
students, the phrase "taking a break" is 
similar to "the big sleep" because it sounds 
temporary but turns out to be permanent. 

"We've had a number of students con- 
sider dropping out because . . . they have no 
focus and time is starting to pass. They 
drop out thinking time would give them 
focus. Sometimes it does, but not for every- 

It seems daunting to have your college 
career in front of you with no idea what 
path you want to take, but college is about 
so much more than finding a career. It's 
about becoming an adult and finding out 
who you are as a person which, in tern, 
helps you to decide on a career. We're 
young. If the choices we make at this point 
do not satisfy us later, there is plenty of 
time to make a correction. 

Raymond Billy, Jr. is a senior political science 
major. His opinion does not necessarily 
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or of the university 

Beware of zombies - they walk among us 

By Aaron Pizzani 

Sauce Columnist 

I could tell you that I have recently devel- 
Dped a fascination with something more 
academic like astronomy or quantum 
)hysics, but I won't try to fool you. It's 
zombies that fascinate me. Whether they 
ire in a movie or in a video game, I love the 
hrill of putting myself into the situation 
uid wondering how I would handle it. 

At first, this recent fixation scared me. 
Who just all of a sudden decides to study 
he concept of zombies? Then I realized 
why: I wander through crowds of the 

ilndead ev&cy^da^nmmmt^riwtt'i 

Zombies seem to have gotten clever. 
[They are taking human form and roaming 
around our everyday lives. They feed, not 

on our tasty human flesh and brain matter, 
but on our psyche. There are an alarming 
number roaming our campus, our city, 
maybe even in our homes. 

Zombies go completely unnoticed, but 
they are very dangerous. They are danger- 
ous because they multiply. They can suck 
the life out of their friends, their family, 
even an entire room. They produce more 

I want to let all the zombies out there 
know that I know who you are. Yes, that's 
right, zombies know how to read. That part 
they don't put in movies. However, unlike 
the movies, I am not coming at you with a 
torch and impressive artillery. 

I have seen you in some of my classes. 
Someone wants to discuss something, or 
ask a question. You scoff and snicker. You 
give a discontented sigh and roll your eyes. 
The potential victims are ok as long as they 
do not notice you. If they do, congratula- 
tions; you have just potentially created 

another zombie, another undead to sit in a 
crowd and never speak up or express any 
form of their personality. 

I have also seen you walking down the 
sidewalk. Usually, when I pass someone, I 
look at their face. If the person looks back, 
I'll smile or nod or somehow acknowledge 
their existence. I do not know anyone who 
does not appreciate some acknowledge- 
ment sometimes. This is prime investiga- 
tion ground. 

Zombies usually have blank stares on 
their faces, or they will grimace. When 
they notice a potential victim smile, they 
will intensify their frown to make sure they 
know that they will not, under any circum- 
stance, smile back. 

My favorites are the ones that will catch 
eye contact and quickly look at something 
else, anything else, except the other person. 
Should zombies have real human contact, 
they are in danger of showing human emo- 
tions. That would not be very zombie of 

them, would it? Thus another potential 
zombie is made; someone who gives up on 
bothering to smile, look at, or acknowledge 
another person in public. 

I also encounter zombies where I work. 
My "good afternoon"s "how are you"s 
and "have a nice day"s are frequently 
ignored as the zombie swiftly rush past me 
to stare at, read, or occupy themselves with 
anything that does not require them to 
make a connection with me. 

So how do you protect yourself from 
being turned into a zombie? First of all do 
not give in to their subtle demands on your 
mind. Do not stop asking questions, and 
do not stop smiling. Do not stop express- 
ing your personality through whatever 
means you can creatively come up with. It 
really is that simple. 

There isn't much use trying to dezomb- 
ify people. People have to decide to 
dezombify themselves. Your greatest 
defense is not just being a free thinking per- 

son, but being a free expressing person 
without fear or inhibition. 

Zombies may not even realize what 
they are, so it really isn't right to resent 
them for it. At one time they were walking, 
talking, thinking human beings themselves 
until another zombie got a hold of them. 

All you can do is be on the defense. 
After all, have you ever seen a zombie 
movie or video game where the good guys 
win by actually killing all the zombies? 
No. They are perpetual in our society. 

Unless they dezombify themselves, 
they'll endlessly wander around in life only 
half understanding what's going on 
around them, mindlessly looking for more 
prey. So come on, zombies. Get some life. 

Aaron Pizzani is a junior History major. 
To contact Aaron, email him His opinions 
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staff or of the university. 

Pregnant women: put children first 

By Kristen Alexander 

Sauce Columnist 

Should a pregnant woman choose nine 
months of sanity or her baby's health? 

A study released this week in the "Jour- 
pal of the American Medical Association" 
ras done on 201 pregnant women who 
[suffered from major depression and were 
prescribed anti-depressants such as Prozac, 
Noft, Effexor and Paxil. 
I Researchers observed the choices of 
piese women on whether or not to contin- 
ue the use of their medication as well as the 

effects of their deci sions on both the moth- 
er and fetus. 

The choices the mothers-to-be had was 
whether to continue taking prescribed anti- 
depressant medication in hopes of main- 
taining sanity, or to simply stop taking the 
medication during pregnancy because of 
concern for their childrens' health and safe- 
ty, which, as studies show, could be com- 
promised by anti-depressants. 

Let's first observe from both sides, shall 

When a woman becomes pregnant, it is 
a life-changing event that often brings 
extreme emotional and mental mood 
changes even without the issue of a chemi- 
cal imbalance. 

Consider a woman who already has a 
problem dealing with life's everyday activ- 
ities. Imagine asking her to carry a child for 

nine months without the help of the med- 
ication she become dependent on to help 
her function and think sensibly. Some say 
this would be torture for such a woman, 
and if she decides to quit her medication 
after becoming pregnant, this would initi- 
ate the risk that she may fall deeply back 
into depression and could end up hurting 
herself or her baby as a result. 

Others say a mother-to-be in this situa- 
tion should stop taking her prescription 
medication because the presence of anti- 
depressants during pregnancy can cause a 
number of serious problems for the child 
such as heart defects, irritability as well as 
jittery behavior and dangerous breathing 

So, the choices are sanity for nine 
months for the mother, or the life-long 
health of the child. 

I think if a woman is given the gift to 
bear a child, as some women aren't this 
woman also has the duty to make decisions 
based on the best interest of her child. 

How would you feel if you went 
through your pregnancy and, there on the 
delivery table, you were introduced to your 
beautiful baby, only to find out that this 
child will be limited in its capabilities 
throughout life because you wanted to 
make the nine-month period of bearing this 
child more convenient for you? 

On top of all of this, studies also show 
that 26 percent of the women who did con- 
tinue to take anti-depressants during preg- 
nancy experienced depression anyway. 
Does a 74 percent chance that you will not 
become depressed justify risking your 
child's health? 

There are other ways to cope with life 

besides using Zoloft or Paxil, or any other 
brand. There are simple measures, like eat- 
ing healthy and exercising regularly, that 
can lead to a tremendous change in one's 
emotional characteristics. There are also 
doctors and therapists who people can con- 
fide in as a way of dealing with personal, 
emotional and mental problems. 

To me, this is not even an issue. I think 
I could learn to deal with a little exercise, 
healthy food or laying on a couch once a 
week because this is a far better choice than 
continuing to take a quick-fix pill everyday 
for nine months which can result in my 
child suffering for the rest of its life. 

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Demons v. Jacks 

Lady demons prepare to dish it out Saturday against Stephen F. Austin 

By Kristi George 

Sauce Reporter 

The NSU Lady Demons will 
have their hands full when the 
Stephen F. Austin Lady Jacks visit 
Prather Coliseum on Saturday at 4 
p.m. in a pivotal conference match- 
up. SFA is led by the NCAA season- 
high rebounder Latoya Mills. 

Mills's 24 rebounds against pre- 
viously unbeaten Texas-Arlington 
gave her national recognition and 
has NSU thinking of ways to 
defend her. 

NSU head coach Jennifer Graf 
said, "The only way to defend her is 
if she misses the bus that comes to 
Natchitoches." If the Lady Demons 
succeed in defending her , the win 
will put them in the history books 
as the 37th team in NCAA history 
to reach the 600- win mark. 

Under Graf, NSU currently sits 
in the middle of the conference 
standings with a record of 10-7 (3-3) 
and hopes to improve its record 

The Lady Demons had a 12-day 
lay off before starting a three-game 
road trip that featured games 

against a trio of Texas teams, Texas- 
San Antonio, Texas State; both 
games resulted in a loss. The team 
wraps up the last game against 
Sam Houston State tonight. 

SFA comes into the game on a 
two-game winning streak after 
wins against Texas-Arlington on 
the road and Lamar at home. SFA's 
Latoya Mills is the big reason SFA is 
having a great season and sitting at 
the top of the Southland Confer- 
ence standings thus far. 

SFA head coach Lee Ann Riley 
said, 'Latoya has been a constant 
force for us." 

Mills averaged 11 points and 13 
rebounds over the past three 

Graf said, "They have five very 
good players that they put on the 
court and we have five very good 
players we put on the court." 

Point Guard Sheronda Bell has 
been NSU's star player the past few 
games. She scored 31 points and 8 
rebounds against Texas-San Anto- 
nio and 18 points against Texas 

Two other exemplary NSU 

Gary Hardamon/NSU Media Services 

Lady Demons played against the Lady Jacks last January. The two teams will 
once again face off in Prather Coliseum on Saturday at 4 p.m. 

players are sophomore Tena 
Matthews, who had 15 points and 
10 rebounds at UTSA, and senior 
Shenise Milliner, who recorded a 
double-double against Texas State 
with 10 points and 10 rebounds. 

The players and fans are antic- 
ipating the game. 

Riley said, "Anytime SFA and 
Northwestern State play, it is a big 
game. Throughout the years this 
game has been one that the teams 
and the fans look forward to." Riley 
also said the team that plays 
together will win. Graf said the 
game will be hard fought since its a 
conference game and a rivalry 

NSU will commemorate Nation- 
al Women Ln Sports Day at the 
game Saturday. Free admission is 
being provided to local high school, 
junior high and recreational league 
teams who register in advance. 
Local fans will also have an oppor- 
tunity to meet players at the post 
game "meet and greet" session 
which is free and open to the pub- 

NSU to participate in BracketBusters Demons defeat Roadrunners 70-59 

By Lela Coker 

Sauce e Reporter 

The Demons will be making 
their first appearance in the Brack- 
etBuster presented by eBay by 
traveling to Utah State. 

"We were picked based on our 
past accomplishments and expec- 
tations for this season," said NSU 
Director of Sports Information 
Doug Ireland. 

Last August, a pool of 100 teams 
was formed. From that 26 teams 
emerged for 13 games. Game 
dates and times will be announced 
Tuesday. The games will be tele- 
vised on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or 
ESPN360. According to, the games will be 
played on Feb. 17 or 18. 

"BracketBuster is for the mid- 
major conferences and gives these 
teams national TV exposure and a 
chance to play other premier 
teams," Ireland said. 

This is the first year the South- 
land Conference has participated 
in the BracketBuster. NSU is the 
only school representing the 
Southland Conference. 

This will mark the first match 
up for the Demons and Aggies. 
The Aggies currently have a 15-4 
record while NSU holds a 13-6 

"I think we have a good shot 
about going to Utah and winning 
the game," junior forward Jer- 
maine Spencer said. 

Demons host SHS Thursday in Prather 

Courtesy of Sports 

League-leading NSU reaches 
the halfway point of the Southland 
Conference basketball race 
tonight, playing host to the only 
SLC team to topple the Demons 
this season: Sam Houston State. 

The match up of the top two 
teams in the league standings is at 
6:30 in Prather Coliseum, where 
NSU is 6-0 this year and 21-2 since 
the start of last season. Sam Hous- 
ton beat NSU 80-73 in Huntsville, 
Texas, on Jan. 14 and is the hottest 
team in the league, having started 
a five-game wining streak with 
that victory. 

NSU (13-6 overall, 6-1 in the 
SLC) has won three straight since 
falling behind Sam Houston (14-5, 
5-2) by 18 points early after half- 
time in the first meeting this sea- 
son. The Demons mounted a furi- 
ous rally and were within four 
points when 19-point scorer Colby 
Bargeman missed a 3-pointer with 
52 seconds left that could have 
drawn NSU with 74-73. 

"Sam Houston played much 
better than we did start to finish 
and earned the win," said 
Demons' coach Mike McConathy. 
"Our challenge now is to turn the 
tables on our home court. They're 
playing better now than they were 
coming into that game, but hope- 
fully we've made some progress 

lately also. It should be a tremen- 
dous matchup." 

The Demons will be capping a 
three-game homestand in a stretch 
where they play five of six SLC 
games in Prather Coliseum. 

"Any team is better at home, but 
as much as we played on the road 
in the first half of the season (13 of 
the first 17 games), we almost felt 
more comfortable on the road 
until this homestand," said 
McConathy. "We're all creatures of 
habit and we'd gotten into the 
road routine. Now we're enjoying 
working in our early morning 
practices, not packing bags, hear- 
ing the pep band playing our fight 
song and wearing our colors, and 
seeing our friends and families in 
the stands. It can be a big boost." 

NSU continues to rely on per- 
haps the country's deepest roster, 
with 10 different players having 
led the team in scoring at least 
once. Senior forward Clifton Lee 
(13.7 points per game), junior 
guard Luke Rogers (10.0) and sen- 
ior guard Jermaine Wallace (9.8) 
top the Demons' scoring chart. 

Sam Houston is also relatively 
balanced with senior guard Chris 
Jordan (13.2), junior guard Jejuan 
Plair (12.1) and sophomore for- 
ward Ryan Bright (11.1) leading 
the scoring. Bright, last year's SLC 
Freshman of the Year, averages 8.1 

Courtesy of Sports 

NSU used fierce defense and 
determined rebounding to bounce 
back from a 10-point halftime 
deficit last Thursday in a 70-59 
Southland Conference basketball 
win over fast-starting Texas-San 

The Demons (12-6 overall, 5-1 in 
the SLC outscored the visiting 
Roadrunners 43-22 in the second 
half while pulling off a 23-point 
turnaround. UTSA (7-10, 2-4) led 
29-17 with 7:22 left in the first half 
and maintained a 37-27 advantage 
at halftime. 

NSU, which suffered 14'first-half 
turnovers, made only 5 afterward. 
The Demons out-rebounded the 
Roadrunners 19-10 in the second 
half while forcing 13 turnovers and 
limiting UTSA to just 16 shot 
attempts. NSU fired up 29 tries, 
making 15 (52 percent) to fuel the 

The Demons opened a three- 
game homestand after playing 13 
of their first 17, including 8 of the 
last 9, away from Prather Colise- 
um. Saturday at 2 p.m., NSU plays 
host to Texas State in a contest at 
Prather, where the Demons are 5-0 
this year and 20-2 since the begin- 

ning of last season. The Bobcats (2- 
14, 0-5) fell 80-75 last Thursday at 

Jermaine Wallace and Luke 
Rogers each scored 12 points to 
pace NSU, which got 11 from 
Clifton Lee and 10 by Kerwin 
Forges. After halftime, Wallace 
scored 10, Lee nine and Rogers 

UTSA picked up 17 points by 
Andre Owens, 11 by Roderick 
Rodgers and 10 from Eric Young. 
The Roadrunners finished with 25 
turnovers and made only half of 
their 18 free throws and a meager 
two of 11 on 3-pointers. 

The Demons used a relentless 
pressure defense, both in full-court 
and half-court situations, to smoth- 
er the Roadrunners after intermis- 
sion. NSU scored 16 unanswered 
points in a 19-2 run in just under 
five minutes to turn a 41-33 deficit 
with 15:12 left into a 52-43 advan- 
tage at the 9:33 mark. 

UTSA got no closer than four 
points on three occasions and 
never threatened after a 15-footer 
in transition by Lee with 2:36 
remaining boosted NSU up 65-55. 

"We started poorly and they 
started impressively," said 
Demons' coach Mike McConathy. 
"We got outworked in the first half 

and we were lucky the margin was 
just 10. When we ramped up the 
intensity to the point it should 
have been all along, we cut out the 
backdoor layups and the snow- 
birds and they had to work 
extremely hard to get an open shot. 
We attacked the glass and the 
game turned our way." 

The Demons got a pair of 3- 
pointers from Wallace and once 
each from Keenan Jones and 
Tyronn Mitchell while registering 

16 straight points over four min- 
utes to take the lead for good. 
McConathy was more impressed 
his team held the Roadrunners 

"After not being very alert 
defensively in the first half, we did 
a nice job of shutting them down 
and taking the upper hand," he 
said. "That was a nice stretch. We 
need to hit the floor with that 
approach instead of drifting 
through until we find the go 

Ten players scored for NSU and 
nobody played more than 26 min- 
utes. Three of UTSA's five starters 
played 33 minutes or more. 

The win was the 15th in the last 

17 games against SLC opposition 
for the Demons. 

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Texas State downs Lady 
Demons 76-71 

For the second straight gam 
the Lady Demons had to ovj 
come a huge first half deficit, at 
for the second consecutive rim 
a second half rally fell just sho 
as the Lady Demons dropped 
76 to 71 Southland Conferee 
game to Texas State Saturday. 

The loss was the secoo 
straight for the Lady Demons: 
they fall to 10-7 overall and 3-3 i 
league play. Texas State improvi 
to 12-6 on the season and 4-3 
the league. 

Sheronda Bell led NSU with} 
points while Tena Matthe* 
scored 17, Chassidy Jones 12 an 
Shenise Milliner with 10 poin 
and 10 rebounds. 

Four Bobcat players scored 
double digits, led by a 27-poj 
outburst from Joyce Ekwoii 

The Lady Demons trailed 14 
before two free throws by Shon 
Kennedy put the team on I 
board with 14:01 to play in tj 
first half. Matthews followe 
with a layup to cut it to 10 poin 
but Texas State then outsconi 
the Lady Demons 25-12 over & 
next 10 minutes to grab a 39-; 
lead at the 3:35 mark. 

After trailing 40-20 with 2:52l 
go, NSU put together a 10-2 m 
to end the half down just 42-30. 

The Lady Demons cut tl 
deficit into single digits early: 
the second half and trailed ju 
44-37 after a LaTonya Perry la 
up with 17:33 to play. 

Texas State mounted a min 
run of 6-0 to go up 50-37 a 
minute later, but the Lad 
Demons got a three-pointer a 
Bell, followed by two free throw 
from Milliner and another bud 
et by Bell to cut the lead to 5W 
with 15:04 to play. 

The Lady Demons grabbed 
55-54 lead on a layup 
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lead and extended it to a ft 
point, 62-57 advantage with 8: 
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in the Friedman Student Union ballroom. Regular 
SGA meetings are held on Mondays in the Cane 
River Room of the Union at 7 p.m. and are open 
to the public. 

SGA will be hosting a breakfast with the NSU 
President Randall Webb on Feb. 15 at 7:15 a.m. 
at Iberville Dining Hall. Anyone wishing to meet 
with Webb, some vice presidents and SGA mem- 
bers are encouraged to attend. 

SGA will be hosting a debate on March 15 at 
7:30 p.m. in A.A. Fredericks Center regarding the 
Patriot Act. For more information about this, 
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office, Room 222 of the Student Union. 

There are also SGA senator-at-large positions 
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WRAC Springs a Leak 

The recent rain has caused more than just 
rainy day blues. The ceiling of the aerobic room 
in the Wellness, Recreation and Activities Center 
is leaking. Staff members are catching dripping 
water with buckets and keeping the room as dry 
as possible. Repairs are pending a response from 

Have A Ball at NSU 

The Office of Student Activities plans to end 
Big Easy Week with a bang in the Student Union 
Ballroom on Feb. 23 with a Krewe of NSU Mardi 
Gras Ball beginning at 7 p.m. 

NSU students, faculty and staff are invited to 
celebrate New Orleans style. SAB Lagniappe 
committee head Jessica Pitcher is excited to 
announce the Innercity Allstars will be perform- 
ing live at the ball. 

All guests have to reserve a table and can 
choose up to eight people to fill a table. The table 
members can decorate a mini-float as their cen- 
terpiece, and judges will choose the best float 
during the celebration. 

The ball will end with an awards ceremony 
announcing the winners of various events that 
will take place during Big Easy Week. 

Assistant Director of Student Activities and 
Organizations Yonna Pasch encourages students 
to hurry and sign-up to participate. 

It's FAFSA Time 

Apply early for financial aid! Complete your 
2006-2007 FAFSA online today at 

Remember the priority deadline is May 1, 
2006. Don't let time fly by; apply early to avoid 

New 'lady' sits on throne 

Katie Lopez 

News Editor 

Crowned as the 2006 Miss 
LOB was 21-year-old junior 
Health and Human Perfor- 
mance major Raven Bryson. 

"I don't think it's hit me 
yet," Bryson said. "But I'm 
very excited." 

The other contestants in 
the pageant were freshman 
theatre major Emily Bennett, 
senior elementary education 
major Lauren O'Kelly, junior 
veterinary technology major 
Breean Giroir, junior elemen- 
tary education major Lindsey 
Westfall, junior theatre major 
Gwen Mahan, sophomore 
nursing major Lauren 
Grimes, sophomore psychol- 
ogy major Corina Harwood, 
and senior biological sciences 
major Victoria Smith. 

Bryson was not the only 
one to go home with a title 
Saturday night. 

Victoria Smith walked 
away the fourth runner up 
and overall talent winner, 
while Lauren O'Kelly was 
named third runner up and 
won the casual and evening 
wear competitions. 

Gwen Mahan was named 
second runner up and Corina 
Harwood first runner up 
along with receiving the Peo- 
ple's Choice award. 

Breean Renee Girior 
received the title of Miss Con- 

The evening started when 
the contestants paraded the 
stage and introduced them- 
selves to the audience. 

This year's Mistress of Cer- 
emonies, 2005's Miss 
Louisiana, Molly Causey 
took the stage to M.C the 

The entertainment for the 
evening was provided by the 
NSU men's choir singing 
"Georgia," Sherman Desslle 
and the NSU Jazz Band, 
Demon Dazzlers, and 
princess Faith Stanfield, 
friend of 2005 Miss LOB 
Courtney LaCaze. 

LaCaze conducted con- 
ducted herself as a true queen 
as she prepared to give up her 
title of Miss LOB. 

During her farewell speech 
LaCaze thanked all who 
helped her during her year 
reign as Miss LOB. 

She recapped her year by 
showing a slideshow and 
described her year as Miss 
LOB as being a wonderful 
experience that allowed her 
opportunities that she other- 
wise might not have had. 

"Fairytales do come true if 
only for a year, but a year is 
enough to last a lifetime," 
LaCaze said. 

Raven Bryson is crowned the 2006 Lady of the Bracelet. 

Gary Hardamon/Current Sauce 

New dorm 
finally named 

David Dinsmore 

Sauce Reporter 

The residents have spoken 
and have named the new resi- 
dence hall University Place. 

Assistant Director Dave 
Frederick said the name 
became official on Jan. 30, 
which was the deadline for 
residents to vote on the name. 

Carla Nurczyk, regional 
director for Century Campus 
Housing Management, said 
residents voted between the 
names Northwestern Place 
and University Place. 

University Place champi- 
oned the other. 

"It sounds fine to me," res- 
ident Barbara Cooke said. 

Of the two, she thought 
University Place was a better 
name, though she said she did 
not vote. 

Other residents such as 

Kevin Clarkston, however, 
thought the choices were 
inconsistent with other resi- 
dence halls on campus. 

He said University Place 
would have been better 
named after a Louisiana 

Anthony Mason also cited 
the name's inconsistency. 

"Even the University 
Columns pertains to the 
school, but University Place or 
Northwestern Place doesn't," 
Mason said. 

Nurczyk said the process 
of naming the dorm began in 
January when students were 
given forms asking them for 
suggestions of what the new 
name should be. 

These suggestions were 
passed on to both NSU and 
Century administrators, who 
selected the two names to be 
voted on. 

Cheryl Thompson 

Mark Baldwin and Joe Smothers from Rainey Electronics work on the Marque sign outside the Friedman 

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Student Union. 

NSU receives federal financial 
assistance for displaced students 

Lane Luckie 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU will receive financial 
assistance for taking in stu- 
dents displaced by Hurricane 
Katrina. The federal govern- 
ment will award $1300 per 
displaced student. 

The aid, which is estimated 
at $133,000, comes from a $10 
million grant allocated by 

The money will be divided 
among the over 100 schools 
that housed displaced stu- 


According to a report 
released by the U.S. Depart- 
ment of Education's Office of 
Postsecondary Education, 
NSU requested $200,000 in 
aid, but will receive $133,000. 

Thomas Hanson, vice pres- 
ident of academic affairs, 
said, "We're grateful for the 
aid. In the beginning we took 
in hurricane students, expect- 
ing to not be reimbursed." 

He said the money will 
help to cover the tuition and 
fees of the approximately 100 

displaced students who 
enrolled at NSU in the fall. 

The university will be 
forced to absorb other extra 
costs, not provided by the 

"The funding will not cover 
things like meal plans, park- 
ing tags, or on-campus hous- 
ing. So these things can add 
up," Hanson said. 

The Office of Postsec- 
ondary Education report list- 
ed the number of displaced 
students housed by each 
institution, amount of aid 

requested, and how much 
money each school will actu- 
ally receive. 

According to the report, 
NSU's amount of aid is on 
target with other Louisiana 
schools. On average, the 
statewide reimbursement per 
student is $1,298. 

LSU in Baton Rouge how- 
ever will receive only a tenth 
of the money the school 

LSU asked for $18 million, 
however, will only receive a 
little over $1 million. The uni- 


versify took in almost 2000 
displaced students. 

The report also showed that 
most schools should receive 
financial assistance relatively 
close to the amount to which 
they applied. A few institu- 
tions however, will receive 
drastically less. 

Boston College in Massa- 
chusetts, housed 16 displaced 
students in the fall semester 
and requested $4 million 
from the federal grant. The 
school will only receive 
$20,000 from the government. 



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NSU enrollment drops 

Kristin Alexander 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU enrollment this semester is 
8,973, a 6.59 percent drop from 

Spring 20X35. 

According to Lillie Bell, univer- 
sity registrar, some students are 
finding it much more difficult to 
meet the new basic admission stan- 
dards and are searching for alter- 
nate educational options. 

Until the fall 2005 semester, 
first-time freshmen could enter 
NSU with a G.P.A. of 2.5 or with a 
composite score of 18 on the ACT. 

With the new revisions, first- 
time freshmen must have a 2.00 
cumulative grade-point-average or 
a composite score of 20 on their 


Students in the top 50 percent of 
their graduating cusses are accept- 
ed to NSU, but they must complete 
the 16.5 units of the Regent's High 
School core curriculum and only 
need one developmental course. 

Changes for transfer students 
include having 12 hours of college 
level courses as well as remaining 
eligible to return to the institution 
they will be transferring from. 

The enrollment total is taken 
from current students who are tak- 
ing classes at one of the four cam- 
puses, those taking mostly Internet 
courses, and those enrolled in satel- 
lite classes in surrounding areas. 

There is also a chance that 
enrollment in the fall of 2006 may 

drop. Over 100 students are consid- 
ered displaced, meaning they were 
enrolled during the hurricane sea- 
son and may return to their prior 

Before the revision of the 
admissions criteria, students who 
were not qualified could instead 
choose to study in an alternate two- 
year program until they were able 
to meet admissions criteria. 

Now these students are referred 
to Bossier Parish Community Col- 
lege at NSU, which has an open 
admission policy. 

BPCC students are given the 
same benefits as NSU students but 
are not officially enrolled as NSU 

Number of students at each NSU campus Spring 2006: 

Students enrolled in the Alexandria campus - 220 
Students enrolled in the Leesville campus - 498 
Student enrolled in the Shreveport campus - 1017 
Students enrolled in the Natchitoches campus - 5,053 

Internet students 

Students enrolled in Internet courses - 1,891 
Students enrolled in satellite campuses* - 294 

*Coushatta, Colfax, Jena, Jonesville, Mansfield, Many, Marksville, Vidalia, and Winnfield 

Checkers checks 
into Natchitoches 

Chris Reich/Current Sauce 

Natchitoches prepares for another fast food restaurant as construction beings down Texas street for Checkers 

Natasha Anderson 

Sauce Reporter 

Checkers a "drive-through" 
restaurant will be added to the list 
of fast-food places . offered in 

The fast food chain is set to open 
mid-February, and is owned by the 
Moffet Foods branch of the compa- 
ny Moffet Enterprise. 

Checkers is located next to the 
Conoco gas station, also owned by 
Moffet Enterprise, on 1420 Texas St. 

College students on a budget 
will appreciate the low price menu 
and 99 cent specials. 

Nia Gosey a sophomore radiol- 
ogy technician major from DeRid- 
der comments, "We have a Check- 
ers nearby in Lake Charles, I'm 
glad that Checkers is opening up 
here because the price is reason- 
able, the food comes quick and 
their seasoned fries are pretty 

Other items on the menu 
include chili dogs, burgers, fries, 
milkshakes and seafood sandwich- 

The building which covers a 
20,000 lot, came prefabricated and 
was built in less than a day. 

It will also feature an outdoor 

NSU College of Business receives financial support 

Kera Simon 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU will receive financial sup- 
port in the forms of a new endowed 
professorship and scholarship that 
will benefit the College of Business 
for years to come. 

Karl and Linda Moore have 
donated $60,000 that will be 
matched with $40,000 from the 
Board of Regents' Support Fund to 
create a $100,000 endowed profes- 
sorship for the College of Business. 

The Moores also donated $10,000 
for a scholarship that will benefit a 
Louisiana resident attending NSU 
and majoring in business, which 
also includes CIS, accounting, and 
business administration. 

The Moores said they planned to 
give to NSU at some point, but 
decided to give now because of the 
states financial difficulties. 

Steven Elliot, dean of the College 
of Business, said the college is very 
thankful to the Moores and other 

NSU alumni for their donations. 

"We really appreciate all of the 
gifts, because it provides a higher 
quality of education for the stu- 
dents," Elliott said. "Like now, 
we've got a very slim budget 
because of Katrina." 

"With those professorships, it 
supplies us with money that we 
wouldn't have otherwise," he said. 

The professorship and scholar- 
ship work in the same way. They 
both start with principle sums of 
$100,000 for professorship and 
$10,000 for a scholarship. This 
money is invested in stocks and 
bonds, and the interest earned from 
the money goes toward the profes- 
sorship and scholarship. 

The NSU Foundation, part of the 
Alumni, has an investment board 
that decides where to invest the 

The initial investments must earn 
interest for about a year. 

Chris Magio, director of Alumni 
and Development, said, "The 

investment starts making money as 
soon as it gets invested. Hopefully 
within that year it's enough for us 
to award off that gift." 

Faculty and students can apply 
for the endowments possibly next 

In terms of the Karl and Linda 
Moore Endowed Professorship in 
Business, the funds raised by the 
principle investment goes to a full 
time faculty member of the College 
of Business to help in that profes- 
sor's professional research. 

Faculty members of the College 
of Business apply for the professor- 
ship, the applications are reviewed, 
and one is chosen by the dean. 

"We chose one that has done 
research in the past and has a 
record of performance," Elliott 

David West, director of the News 
Bureau, explained that the profes- 
sorship pays for computers, data- 
bases, publication fees, travel, and 
other means of research. He also 

said the professorship allows pro- 
fessors to stay current in their fields 
and keeps them in touch with con- 
tacts in their field. 

The professorship also helps 
with accreditation for the College 
of Business and helps pay for the 
research, paper and the bills for 
presenting the paper at a confer- 
ence with hopes of getting it pub- 

"That is the most important 
thing: a journal article," Elliot said, 
"It increases our accreditation." 

The College of Business is 
accredited by the American Assem- 
bly of Collegiate Schools of Busi- 
ness. When the school gets evaluat- 
ed, the AACSB International looks 
at the faculty, credentials and how 
much research is done. 

"The more they can finance like 
this through a professorship, the 
more that usually happens," Elliot 

In terms of the Karl and Linda 
Moore Scholarship, the money 

from the principle investment goes 
to a full-time NSU student major- 
ing in business. The scholarship 
committee will review the applica- 
tions, rank them, and then chose 
the recipient based on GPA and 
financial need. 

The scholarship is offered to one 
student, one year at a time. Stu- 
dents must reapply for it year after 
year so that more people get an 
opportunity to benefit from it. 

"The scholarship is perpetual, 
like the professorship," Elliot said. 
"A student 50 years from now will 
be getting the scholarship. That's 
the best way to do it, because it'll 
help students years into the 

Specific information on the pro- 
fessorship and scholarship, like 
dates and ways to apply, will be 
available at the College of Business 
in Russell Hall around the Spring 
2007 semester. 

Artist presents 
'Images for 
Easy Listeners' 

Kelli Fontenot 

Sauce Reporter— 

A student art show titled 
"Images for Easy Listeners," fea- 
turing art by Kyley Cantwell, is 
currently on display in the 
Hanchey Gallery until February 17. 

With titles such as "I Didn't 
Know He Was so Depressed but I 
Just Didn't Care" and an artist's 
statement that read: "Unknown 
ancestors, chicken, Utah, puns, 
postcards, talking in your sleep." 
Cantwell drew viewers into a 
whole new atmosphere. 

What an average spectator might 
not notice are the details that are 
hidden in his work, like his signa- 
ture cow stamp or a cleverly dis- 
guised cigarette lighter. 

According to an e-mail from 

Roberta Walters, assistant profes- 
sor of art at Texas Tech University, 
"Cantwell is a Master of Fine Arts 
candidate at Stephen F. Austin 
State University in Nacogdoches, 
Texas, where he teaches printmak- 

Most of Cantwell's work is done 
on canvas with mixed media, but 
one piece, titled ''Learning How to 
Aim," is a multifaceted and rather 
eccentric collage of work that he 
accumulated from 2003 to 2005. 

Walters wrote, "He explores the 
idea of travel, both on land and 
through life experiences, in 
freeform mazes mingled with 
appropriated and painted images." 

The gallery is open from 8:30 to 
4:30 p.m. from Monday until Fri- 

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Moffet, a 2005 physics graduate 
of Northwestern, said, "We are 
excited about the upcoming grand 
opening of Checkers and believe 
that it is only the beginning of other 
possible business opportunities for 
this city." 

The establishment also offers 
employment opportunities for 
local residents and is expected to 
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Thursday, February 9, 2006 — The Current Sauce — News Section 

NSU Police Blotter 

Raymond Billy Jr. 

Opinions Editor 

NSU Sociology Professor William 
Housel is still on campus, despite being 
called for active military duty nearly two 
months ago. 

Housel, 48, was leaving to fulfill his 
obligation in the Individual Ready 
Reserve ,which allows soldiers with less 
than twenty years of service to leave 
active duty and receive a pension, but 
remained on call for service. However, 
he said that he ended up staying because 
of a minor technicality. 

"I got sent back because of medical 
rejection. Nothing serious just stuff that 
would be a problem if I was deployed," 
Housel said. "I thought I was on my way 
but things happened and the doctor says 
yes or no and that's the way it goes," he 

Housel says that he is still eligible to be 
recalled because of the negligible nature 
of his medical rejection. 

Housel said that he was actually a bit 
disappointed when he was first sent 
back to NSU. 

"On the one hand I'm going, 'Okay, 
this is cool because I didn't really want to 
go,'" Housel said. "On the other hand 
I'm going, 'Ah man, I didn't make it,'" he 

"You get kind of psyched up to go and 
then when it doesn't happen you get let 

Gregory Granger, director of the 
School of Social Sciences, expressed how 
surprised he was and pleased he is that 
Housel has returned. 

"I was little surprised ... he was com- 
ing back because it sounded like it was 
pretty much a done deal. But, I was very 
pleased and that is the bottom line. I was 
very happy to have him back," Granger 

Granger also noted Housel's impor- 
tance because of what he does for the 
sociology department as well as his deal- 
ings with all of his students. 

"He is very active when it comes to the 
students. He is very open to the students 
and that is very important in terms of 
advising and trying to get our sociology 
numbers up. He has been pretty good at 
recruiting students," Granger said. 

"He does. . .go beyond the call of duty. 
He is concerned with student develop- 
ment as critical thinkers, as writers so he 
will hold writing workshops to help stu- 
dents out. He has initiated the School of 
Social Sciences capstone course. He is 
somebody who is easy to talk to. A lot of 
students feel attracted to that," Granger 

Granger said it wasn't difficult to 
adjust to Housel's return because they 
had not cancelled any of his classes 
before hearing the news of his return, 
although prior to the news they were not 
allowing anyone to enroll in several 

Housel said that he has no regrets 
about the situation, and the most diffi- 
cult part of the ordeal was that it slightly 
hindered his preparation for this semes- 
ter since he will be teaching his usual 
course load. 

"I have a new class this semester, Soci- 
ology of Medicine, which is also an 
online class - so it takes a lot of prepara- 
tion. I had to scramble pretty hard to get 
that (class) together," Housel said. 

Housel said that most of his students 
did not find out that he was returning 
until the beginning of the spring semes- 
ter because the news did come out until 
the fall semester was almost over. 

Housel said that coming so close to 
being deployed made him question 
whether or not he wanted to be in the 
Individual Ready Reserve. 

"It is an obligation and you have to 
take it serious. It is certainly a lot more 
immediate when you have been called 
up and you are leaving," Housel said. 

Granger said that if Housel is called 
up again, the contingency plan is already 
in place. 

"If it comes up again we'll deal with it 
as we did the last time. Hopefully we 
will have a little more advanced warn- 
ing, but if not, you have to be adaptable 
with these things," Granger said. 

12:06 p.m. 
"Orange pipes" were said 
to be in the road in front of 
the Kappa Sigma house 
12:45 p.m. 
The wind carried some of 
the pipes into Chaplain's 
2:07 p.m. 
Two vehicles behind Uni- 
versity Place were reportedly 
doing donuts. 
2:04 a.m. 
Someone called to report 
football players heading to 
the Kappa Sigma house with 

guns. When officers arrived, 
no one was around, said Det. 
Douglas Prescott. There was 
some damage to the house. 

11:18 a.m. 

Officers investigate the 
cause of alarms being tripped 
at Friedman Student Union. 
A pizza delivery person set 
them off after pulling on a 
door that was not secured 


7:59 p.m. 
A call was made saying 
the fence behind the dining 
hall had been hit by a vehicle. 


8:08 a.m. 

A vehicle was found 
against a tree near the Sabine 
parking lot. It was reported to 
have rolled from the Rapides 
parking lot 


12:31 a.m. 
A female student called 
from her apartment at the 
University Columns to report 
a man who would not leave 
her apartment door. The man 
was taken from the scene to 
the police office so someone 
could come get him. 

12:59 a.m. 
Female student says that 
the man can be brought back 
to stay. 

Student Support Services goes extra mile 

Wakeley named first recipient of 
nursing scholarship at NSU 

Willie Valrie III 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU alumna Emily Wakeley made 
history by becoming the first recipient 
of the Annie C. Lynch Scholarship for 
nursing majors. 

In 2004 Kevin and Annie Lynch estab- 
lished the scholarship as an endowed 
gift of $50,000 to the NSU Foundation. 
Lynch gave the gift to honor his wife 
Annie, who earned a nursing degree in 


"I feel very honored to be the first 
recipient of this scholarship," Wakeley 

Wakeley was awarded the scholarship 
in the fall 2005 semester during her fifth 
level of clinicals in Shreveport, La. 

The scholarship is given to a nursing 
major who is involved with the Catholic 
Student Organization at NSU. 

The criteria of the scholarship are as 
follows: a 3.0 GPA, active membership in 

the CSO and being a nursing student in 

Wakely graduated from NSU with a 
Bachelor of Science and Nursing in 
December 2005. 

She now works at Christus Schumpert 
Sutton Children's Medical Center in 
Shreveport as a registered nurse in the 
neonatal intensive care unit. 

Wakeley's ambition for the future s to 
be a neonatal nurse practitioner. 

Lindsay Larcom 

Sauce Reporter 

Tucked away in their sec- 
ond floor office in Kyser, the 
counselors, tutors, coordina- 
tors and students involved 
with Student Support Ser- 
vices are busy making 
changes in the lives of NSU 

The SSS project is a division 
of the University College and 
is funded by a grant from the 
Federal Department of Edu- 
cation. First generation col- 
lege students of low income 
families and / or learning, 
physical or emotionally dis- 
abled students are eligible to 
participate in SSS. 

Colin Conerly, senior 
chemistry major and SSS 
tutor, said, "We give those 
students what they need to 
get through college." 

The project offers several 
services aimed at helping stu- 
dents be successful at NSU. 

Three counselors provide 
guidance and support for stu- 
dents making important aca- 
demic, life and career deci- 
sions. Peer tutors work with 
students in private one-on- 
one tutoring sessions. 

The SSS computer lab has 
eight computers equipped 
with computerized tutorials 
for core classes. 

There are currently 360 stu- 
dents involved with this proj- 
ect in Natchitoches and 


Last semester SSS received 
an extra grant to support dis- 
placed students from Hurri- 
canes Katrina and Rita, and 
four new counselors were 
brought in to assist them. 

This is also the first year 
SSS has offered a service 
learning class, called IDS 
2000, to NSU students. 

The class requires students 
to volunteer outside of the 
university and in the commu- 
nity. Students interviewed at 
local establishments such as 
the Louisiana Creole Her- 
itage Center, the Louisiana 
Addiction Technology Trans- 
fer Center and the Crisis 
Pregnancy Center. Students 
will be placed on-site Feb. 13 
to begin working. 

Adviser Jamie Flanagan 
said, "It encourages students 
to work harder and to 
become more available on 

On Jan. 26 three students 
from SSS spoke at the launch 
party for Philia, a new under- 
graduate research program in 
Watson Library aimed to 
teach students to be self-moti- 
vated and participate in 
undergraduate research. 

SSS will soon be applying 
for re-certification by the Col- 
lege Reading Learning Asso- 

Last year SSS received the 
highest certification, a master 
level three certification, from 

the CRLA. 

"We are one of only two 
schools in Louisiana to have 
this," Conerly said. 

After the first year of certi- 
fication is over, they had to 
re-apply. Once the certifica- 
tion goes through, they are 
good for another three years. 

SSS also purchased 79 new 
texts to enhance tutoring ses- 

SSS sponsors a program 
called Helping Hands which 
is a recognized student 
organization that offers peer 
interaction for SSS students. 

The members of Helping 
Hands participate in 
fundraisers, community serv- 
ice projects, educational 
workshops and mentoring 

Last semester they organ- 
ized the first annual Fall Fes- 
tival. Helping Hands, along 
with nine other RSOs, pro- 
vided games and refresh- 
ments for community chil- 

"It was very successful, 
and every child walked away 
with a prize," Flanagan said. 

Helping Hands will host 
the Black History Program on 
Feb. 23 in Magale Recital 

They frequently visit 
Masion Deville Care Center 
in Natchitoches and also 
donated 45 gifts to the 
Natchitoches Boys and Girls 
Club for Christmas. 

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Big Easy week (Feb. 21-23) 

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Free cup of red beans and rice and music by Jazz Ensemble 

Feb. 22 - "Olympic Challenge: Go for the Purple, Green and Gold" 3 p.m. 
Join the WRAC staff in this event that will test your Olympic Skills 

Feb. 23 - "Krewe of NSU" 7 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. 
Mardi Gras Ball with mini float competition, free food and a performance by 
Innercity All-Stars. Make your reservations in Student Union room 214. 

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National honor Society for psychology 

" I sing Humor to 
Cope with Anxiety" 

Contributed by 
Donna O'Brien 

Psi Chi Columnist 

Coping with anxiety is a 
necessity in our modern, fast- 
paced world, busy schedules, 
intensified by traffic jams, 
money problems, and relational 
difficulties keep many people in 
chronic states of stress. 

The road to recovery begins 
with the understanding of the 
symptoms of stress. These 
symptoms include: exhaustion, 
sleep problems, tension 
headaches, constant worry, dark 
circles under the eyes, lowered 
•mmune function, irritability, 
anger outbursts and lack of con- 

A basic tenet of social psychol- 
ogy is that we turn to others to 
understand the physical and 
social world around us. Humor 
allows group members to come 
to a collective understanding 
mat a situation is safer and less 
serious than it would first 
appear. People with good senses 
°f humor tend to suffer fewer 
•negative outcomes when 
exposed to stress. Humor can 
also induce a positive mood, 
w hich alleviates stress-induced 
ne gative reactions and draw 
attention away from the source 
°f stress. In one test, people who 
a humorous movie immedi- 
ately following a stressful one 
"ad significantly lower anxiety. 

Laugh: Don't take your life so 
seriously. A sense of humor 

helps overcome worry by dis- 
tracting the mind. Laughter may 
also produce endorphins, which 
help ease pain and offer a sense 
of relaxation and joy. Tell a joke, 
w atch a comedy, and laugh 
^hen disaster strikes. You will 
feel better with a smile on your 

. K you are interested in read- 
m 8 more about how humor can 
alleviate stress in your life, then 
read "The Healing Power of 
Humor" by Allen Klein. This 
book will put a spring in your 

Neem Deep, Psi Chi Adviser 

Table for one? 

M 4, 

Photo illustration by Jimmy Brown 

Local singles are taking a different approach to St. Valentine s Day 

By Andi Bass 

Sauce Reporter 

Even before Christmas arrived, 
Wal-Mart was pushing aside 
Christmas candy and making way 
for an isle of pink teddy bears, red 
roses and heart-shaped chocolates. 

Have seeing these shades of pink 
and red over the last two months 
left you wanting to lock yourself in 
your room until Feb. 15th? 

Some singles such as Cory 
Stephens, a freshman Louisiana 
Scholars' College student, simply 
do not acknowledge the day. 

"I'll do the same thing I do every 
day. I'll go to class, work out, and 
go to sleep. It will be no different 

than any other day of the year," he 

But this year, instead of dismiss- 
ing it, try following the lead of 
some students and turn the day 
into a celebration of yourself and 
your single friends. Spend the 
money that you would have 
spent on your partner on your- 

Jess Clark, a freshman radiolo- 
gy technician major, said, "It can 
be fun being single on holidays 
because it is all about pampering 
yourself. I bought a bunch of 
clothes online as my own Valen- 
tine's Day present." 

Michael Davis, a sophomore 
Computer Information Systems 

major, said not having a girlfriend 
"means you end up having extra 
money around the holidays and 
can buy more stuff for yourself. I 
just ordered a new laptop." 

"It can be fun being 
single on holidays 
because its all about 
pampering yourself." 

-Jess Clark 

freshman radioldg) technician major 

Lindsey Van Dyken, is planning 
to have a Sex and the City day. 

"My friends and I are going to 
get all glammed up, go out to din- 
ner and maybe a bar, and have a 
few cocktails and 
— — ^— few laughs." 

If hanging out 
with friends is not in 
your forecast, scor- 
ing some extra cash 
may be. For students 
that wait tables, 
Valentine's Day can 
be very profitable. 

"It is a very busy 
day in the food serv- 
ice industry, and you 
can make a lot of 

money if you work it," Clark said 

Besides, being in a relationship is 
not always as great as it is cracked 
up to be. When you are single, "you 
can make your own plans without 
having to check with anyone else," 
Clark explained. 

Sophomore nursing major 
Andrew Moon said, "You have a 
lot more freedom, and there is 
never any drama." 

Whatever you do this Valentine's 
Day, whether it is working, going 
out with friends, or pigging out on 
Rocky Road ice cream, don't spend 
too much time stressing about 
being single. Remember, its only 
one day. 

Intramural sports keep students happy and healthy 

By Kelli Fontenot 

Sauce Reporter 

Intramural sports are the perfect 
solution for students who have a 
knack for physical activity but 
don't have enough time to be a 
member of one of NSU's many 
sports teams. 

Several sports events will take 
place this semester, and basketball 
is already in gear. 

Excitement filled the Wellness, 
Recreation and Activity Center on 
Feb. 1 when ten pairs of athletic 
shoes raced over the glossy gym 
floor. Two IM basketball teams "As 
Real as They Come" in blue and the 
women of NSU Crew in orange 

competed for two 20-minute halves 
in the hopes of winning, a good 
experience, and of course, bragging 
rights. Shouts of encouragement 
came from the sidelines when the 
girls lined up for the first free 

Chris Miller, a junior business 
major who attended the game, 
said, "With intramural, everyone 
gets involved. I know, like, the 
whole team in the blue over there. 
I'm trying to make them win, give 
them a little support." 

The basketball matches contin- 
ued during the week. 

Freshman Blake Besselman was a 
referee throughout his high school 
years in Katy Texas. He is now a 

referee and player for NSU Intra- 
mural basketball, which he feels is 
very important to campus life. 

"It keeps it very athletic, with a 
competitive level," Besselman said. 

There are three basketball courts 
in the WRAC, which allows three 
games to be held during each hour 
from four until eight. "It's basical- 
ly after my classes," said Bessel- 
man. "I usually do IM sports until 
the nighttime." 

All NSU students are invited to 
watch basketball games or sign up 
to participate in the upcoming 
intramural flag football tourna- 
ment. Softball will also be available 
later in the semester. 

Harvey Briggs/the Current Sauce 

"Ultimate frisbee' has become an increasingly popular intramural sport. For more 
information on IM sports, visit the WRAC. 

NSU football player doesn 't 
• leave his gameface on the field 

By Kayla Brosset 

Sauce Reporter 

"Football is what we do not who 
we are." 

That's the opinon Bruce Wood 
has on 'dumb jock' stereotypes that 
most college athletes deal with. 

Woods is one of the many ath- 
letes who believes that the class- 
room is more important than the 
field while in college. He received 
his bachelor's degree in biology 
last fall and will be receiving anoth- 
er bachelor's degree in political sci- 

ence this spring, both with honors. 
Woods also plays safety for the 
football team. 

He holds a job as a computer lab 
assistant and is involved in Beta 
Beta Beta and the Student Athlete 
Advisory Committee. 

If he does not get drafted in the 
NFL he would like to attend the 
University of Louisiana at Monroe 
School of Pharmacy. 

"You don't get what you want, 
you get what you deserve," was 
what Bruce had to say about the 
possibility of going to the NFL. 

The team that he would most like 
to sign with is the Dallas Cowboys. 

"Although he is retired, Deion 
Sanders is still my favorite player 
of all time," said Woods. 

Woods is originally from New 
Jersey, but his family moved to 
Baton Rouge when he was 12. In 
his spare time he likes to relax, play 
cards and of course, log on to Face- 

For all of you ladies out there, eat 
your hearts out because Woods is 


. . . , I. , . , Cheryl Thompson/the Current Sauce" 

Bruce Woods balances his time between keeping up with his athletic interests as well as his academic ones. In the photos shown above, Woods is seen both working out and studying for classes. 

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Fashionable Focus 

Because it is the spring semes- 
ter, everyone knows there will be 
countless Mardi Gras balls to 
attend, numerous formals and 
semi-formals for sororities and 
other organizations, and many 
opportunities for some hot dates 
at some of Natchitoches' finest 

The thing is, not very many 
people, including myself, my 
really know what to wear to 
these occasions. Even more so, 
we have no clue how to wear our 
hair for these events. Not to 
worry: once again, I did my 
research and found the perfect 
combinations of gowns and out- 
fits with their coordinating hair- 

Mardi Gras Ball 

If you are planning to attend 
one of these coveted soirees, 
you'll want to look overly pre- 
sentable. Yes, I said it. If you 
have never been to one, then you 
will never know the gaudiness a 
Mardi Gras ball exudes. It 
screams, "I just ate a disco ball 
and plan on drinking in rain- 
bows!" Actually, if you take a 
look around at the ball, you'll 
find that everyone resembles 
Christmas ornaments - glittery 
and overdone - but in this case, it 
is definitely socially acceptable. 

If sequins and glitter just aren't 
your thing, take a break from it 
and look classy in a simple satin 
or silk gown in a traditional 
Mardi Gras color: purple, green 
or gold. Other colors are accept- 
able; however, recognize that 
each Mardi Gras color has a spe- 
cific meaning, which is why they 
are used in such regalia. Purple 
represents justice, green repre- 
sents faith (since Mardi Gras is a 
Catholic holiday) and gold repre- 
sents power. 

If you choose a gown of sim- 
plicity, be sure to add some sort 
of flair with hair accessories, a 

sparkly brooch or some really 
sexy (of course gaudy) heels. 

Semi-formals and Formals 

Semi-formal events usually 
entail cocktails; therefore, a cock- 
tail dress in order. Go traditional 
in a sexy "little black dress" with 
either a "sweetheart" or romantic 
style bust neckline or a delectable 
spaghetti-strapped number. The 
line of the dress is also important. 
If you are curvy, you'll want to 
stick to an A-line skirt style; to 
make more petite figures look 
curvier, dress with an empire 
waist and a cinched skirt. The fit 
of the skirt will bring out those 
natural, feminine lines. 

Formals are usually floor- 
length, am I right? Nowadays, 
the trend is gowns with slight 
trains. Trains are sexy because 
wherever you walk, it follows, 
and so do the eyes upon you. A 
good thing to keep in mind is the 
neckline. Because the dress is 
long, the top part of your body is 
the showcase and must be flaunt- 
ed. Find a jewel-encrusted halter 
or a sexy plunging neckline to 
show off that decolletage. 

The Hot Date 

In the big cities, a little cocktail 
dress might be in order for a hot 
date as well; however, as we well 
know, this is Natchitoches, and 
when you wear anything outside 
jeans and a T-shirt, people at 
restaurants look at you funny. 
That's why it is appropriate to 
plan your outfit according to the 
venue. For nice classy restau- 
rants such as The Landing or 
Mariner's, I would suggest a sexy 
black pencil skirt and a flirty, silk 
peasant top. 

Or for a MORE flirtatious look, 
cop some black silk gauchos, a 
sexy little camisole and a sweet 
embellished cardigan. This look 
is classy and feminine, but it also 
chic and sultry. Add some open- 
toed black crocodile heels, and 

you ve got one smoldering 

Coordinating Dos 

So you've got the gown, for 
either the Ball, semi-formal or for- 
mal affair. Now it's time for the 
"piece de resistance" — the hair. 

Donning a sexy strapless? 

Go easy on yourself and wear 
your hair down. Add some tex- 
ture by using a volumizing 
mousse on damp hair and then 
style as desired: straight, curly or 
wavy. Keeping your hair down 
balances out the nakedness of 
your neckline and frames your 

Halter or plunging neck- 

Get it done half up. Getting 
the hair off your face lets the 
attention fall to your neckline and 
the dress. Also by letting your 
hair fall in the back, you'll bal- 
ance out the look of your bare 

Got straps like spaghetti? 

Get your hair pulled up and 
out of your face. No, your hair 
doesn't have to get pulled into a 
tight coif or have tons of curls at 
the crown of your head; just place 
your hair in a loose, messy pony- 
tail. Or for an even more dramat- 
ic look, cop the "faux hawk" look 
by adding volume to your roots 
and lifting them at the crown, 
then putting the rest of your hair 
in a ponytail (this is one of my 
favorites, as anyone will tell you). 
If you've got bangs, straighten 
them and wear them to the side 
for a sexy, side-swept do. 

For a sweetheart/ bustier, 

Go for a low coif or bun. A 
classic chignon that is placed at 
the nape of the neck gives off that 
coveted vintage look and shows 
off that sexy neckline and perfect- 
ly rounded decolletage. 

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Opinions Editor 



Are you smart enough to understand this column? 


By Raymond Billy Jr 

Opinions Editor 

The status of the United States as the 
most powerful nation in the world is in 
jeopardy. Every time I open a newspaper, I 
see a new illustration of this point. 

In the past, I've written about how ris- 
ing college costs, lack of student leadership 
and the dropout rate threaten the well- 
being of this country. Now, stats are show- 
ing that the college literacy rate is at an 
extremely low level. 

If you haven't figured it out by now, I'm 
a numbers guy. The latest figures I've stum- 

bled upon come courtesy of the American 
Institute of Research, an organization that 
studies behavioral and social science. 

Their study shows that 75 percent of 
students at two-year colleges and 50 per- 
cent at four-year colleges, who are 
approaching graduation, lack the skills 
needed to analyze prose and documents 
and perform basic mathematical tasks such 
as balancing a checkbook or calculating a 
restaurant tip. 

One other note, of particular interest to 
me, is that many students are not literate 
enough to understand newspaper editori- 
als. No wonder we, at the opinions section, 
get so little feedback from you people (if 
the shoe fits ...). 

Chalk up another reason to stay in col- 
lege. If people don't have basic skills, imag- 
ine how much worse off they would be if 
they didn't have their little niche areas of 

knowledge that they acquired in college. 

With these numbers, coupled with the 
fact that math and science scores are rapid- 
lv declining, it's only a matter of time 
before the America crumbles just like the 
Roman and British empires before it. 

I'm sure many of you don't care. You're 
probably saying "hey, it will be at least 
another 50 to 75 years before that hap- 
pens." But, think about it: in 50 years you 
will be an old-bag in a nursing home. Do 
you really want a nurse, who can't analyze 
documents, reading your medical chart? 

But, seriously, as Thomas L. Friedman 
argued in "The World is Flat," a book about 
the increasing global competition that 
America is facing, particularly in science 
and technology, the gap between the U.S. 
and the rest of the world is rapidly closing 
in education and in many other areas. 

On top of that, we are importing less 

talent as well. Fewer foreigners are coming 
to the United States to attend college, part- 
ly because it became harder to get a visa 
shortly after Sep. 11 and partly because 
some countries are starting to gain on us 
educationally. Many people no longer see 
the value of leaving their cultures behind to 
pursue an American education. 

However, I don't blame colleges for this 
problem; I blame the K-12 school system 
that passes along students who don't have 
the skills necessary to be well-rounded, 
thoughtful people. 

Believe it or not, I'm not smart enough 
to know how this problem can be reme- 
died, but I do know that drastic change is 
needed. I would suggest that parents 
home-school their kids (full disclosure: I 
was home-schooled), but, in many cases, 
couples can't afford to have one parent at 
home because it often takes two incomes 

just to remain in the middle-class. 

Don't get me wrong, the war on terror, 
our dependence on foreign oil and the 
growing national debt are all very impor- 
tant topics, but the U.S. education crisis 
should be brought much closer to the fore- 
front. We have become so used to being on 
top in this country that we have forgotten 
that this status is not a divine right. 

If we do not take this education prob- 
lem more seriously, our status in the world 
will continue to decline. To paraphrase 
Aimee Mann, it's not going to stop 'til we 
wise up. 

Raymond Billy, Jr. is a senior political sci- 
ence major. His opinion does not necessarily 
reflect the entirety of the Sauce staff, adviser or 
of the university. 

Take hold of life before it takes hold of you 

By Aaron Pizani 

Sauce columnist 

I hate cliches like "fight fire with fire." 
The only time fighting fire with fire is use- 
ful is when controlled fires are lit in the 
underbrush to prevent forest fires. 

You wouldn't, for instance, prevent a fire 
from spreading from the kitchen to the bed- 

room by burning down the living room. 
You have to be careful with cliches because 
they only work for specific situations. 

My favorite cliche -by which I mean my 
favorite one to hate- is "go with the flow." 
Can you remember the last time the flow 
took you anywhere you wanted to go? 

I can understand why the flow is so 
attractive. For a while it seems to take you 
leisurely down the river of life while you 
lounge on your inflatable raft, sipping on a 
glass of iced tea. 

While distracted by your comfort, you 

are oblivious to the fact that the flow is 
about to throw you and your inflatable raft 
over a cliff. The raft deflates, ice and tea fly 
through the air and you plummet to the 
bottom. The flow turned out to be a bum 

Here is what went wrong: you became 
content with letting things happen for you 
and to you. Life, like the flow, keeps going 
whether you pay attention to it or not. 
Unless you are actively making the deci- 
sions on the direction of your life, other 
things will make those decisions for you. 

Your friends, family or community 
might be making your decisions for you. 
The media, pop culture or fashion might be 
making those decisions. The point is that 
you haven't been the one making the deci- 
sions that profoundly affect you. 

There are too many people who have 
already died inside and allowed other 
influences to move them around like pup- 
pets. Their strings are tugged and they play 
the role that the world wants them to play. 

I get the image in my head of a soap 
opera scene where someone has conked 

out in the emergency room while a doctor 
pounds on their chest, "Live, damn it! 
Live!" Now if only someone could run up 
to walking, breathing people, pound on 
their chests, "Live, damn it! Live!" It's just 
as relevant as in the emergency room. 

So, here I am, standing on the bank of 
that river of life yelling, "Drop the tea, get 
off that stupid raft and swim for your life!" 

Aaron Pizani is a History major. His 
opinions do not necessarily reflect those 
of the Sauce staff or of the university. 

NSU professor believes now is the time for action 

By Gregory Granger 

NSU Professor 

The Follozoing opinion comes from an inter- 
view conducted last semester. It has been tran- 
scribed as a column with the permission of Dr. 
Granger and edited for clarity. 

I do not really care if students are on the 
pro or con side of an important issue; I 
want to see them voicing their opinions. 

I do not know why students do not get 
involved in public affairs, but for as long as 
I can remember, they have not done so. 
When I was in college at LSU in the 1980s, 
the one thing that provoked students to 
protest was the canceling of an REM con- 
cert. At least they made their voices heard, 
but I felt this was hardly something to 

There is so much going on in our country 
that affects young people's lives right now 
in terms of the state and national budgets, 
for example. There are also important 
things happening regarding the War in 
Iraq, terrorism, security and law and order. 

I am baffled that I have been at NSU for 
10 years, and I have only recently seen a 
Frisbee game on campus for the first time. I 
have a hard time understanding why stu- 
dents on this campus are not outside more 
with one another engaging in activities, 
especially in political activities. 

One of the things I found most encour- 
aging when my tenure at NSU began was 
that students were very open-minded and 
seemed receptive to learning how to be 
analytical thinkers so they could start to 
think about significant issues and do some- 
thing about them. What I find disappoint- 
ing is that I have not seen a transition from 
learning how to think and which issues to 
focus on, to taking the next step: political 

activism, or even initiating discussions in 
class more frequently. 

I think there are plenty of students on 
this campus who are smart, knowledgeable 
and interested in politics, but I do not see 
them acting as leaders. I do not know why 
this is the case. It could be the age-old stig- 
ma of being a standout, especially if it 
comes to being intelligent. People seem to 
react negatively to outspoken students. 
They will think that someone is showing 
off, or that someone is dominating a con- 
versation for the sake of dominating it. 

I have had very smart kids in class who 
have never said a word, and I found that 
very disappointing. However, I also under- 
stand that they might feel a sense of 
ostracism if they do speak up, which is a 
cultural problem amongst young people 
that I wish we could get around. 

In my night classes, where you have a 
three hour block of time to discuss things 

and issues can be fleshed out a little bit 
more, I have had students who have want- 
ed to bring up important topics. It seems to 
me that a significant number, if not a major- 
ity, of students would just role their eyes 
and think "oh, if this person would shut up 
maybe we will get out early." That is all 
they seem to care about. 

This is a prime opportunity for students 
to be in a university setting. It is like no 
other opportunity they are going to have in 
their lives. Here, students are free to chal- 
lenge one another, and challenge them- 
selves to speak up, even if it means making 
fools of themselves. If that is what it takes, 
who cares? I find it amazing that students 
who are so bright do not take advantage of 
this opportunity. It really is too bad. 

Nevertheless, NSU students have not 
cornered the market on apathy; it is every- 
where. I would also suggest that it is not 
just in this generation. 

For years, there has been a free speech 
alley at LSU where people would have the 
opportunity to speak and rally, and it has 
become a joke. When I was there, it was 
rare that anything of great substance hap- 
pened. I have often thought of asking 
whether we could start a free speech alley 
here on campus, but I do not think that it 
would cause political discourse at NSU to 

I am not concerned about this genera- 
tion's prospects for future greatness 
because people do evolve over time. How- 
ever, I would rather see young people tak- 
ing advantage of their youth. When you are 
young, you have the energy and the oppor- 
tunity to make a difference, yet many peo- 
ple do not take advantage of it. As the say- 
ing goes, youth is wasted on the young. 

Gregory Granger is the director of the 
School of Social Sciences. His opinion 
does not necessarily reflect those of the 
Sauce staff or of the university. 

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NSU National Signing Day 

Demons announce new recruits for football, lady's soccer \ 

By Leigh Gentry 

Sauce Reporter 

Head Coach Scott Stoker, along with the 
rest of the NSU football coaching staff, met 
to celebrate National Signing Day and 
announce the new recruits for the 2006 
Demon football team. Jimmy Mitchell, 
head coach for the Lady Demons women's 
soccer team, also announced his signees for 
the upcoming soccer season at the 
announcement party held on Feb. 1, in the 
Steve and Lori Stroud Room in the NSU 
Athletic Fieldhouse. 

NSU Cheerleaders greeted the alumni 
and coaching staff at the door, welcoming 
them to National Signing Day. Mitchell 
started of the announcement party by dis- 
cussing his twelve new recruits. 

The first of the 12 girls is Sam Breland 
from Brandon High School in Brandon, 
MS. Mitchell sees Breland as a good addi- 
tion to his team and expects her to bring a 
supreme technical ability to it. Heather 
Burt, a senior at Kingwood High School in 
Kingwood, Texas will be playing with the 

Lady Demons next year; Mitchell believes 
that she is at or even beyond the skill level 
he has been looking for. Chelsea Brozgold, 
an intense player from Arlington High 
School in Arlington, Texas will also be a 
Lady Demon next year, and will be coming 
with her own physical brand of play, 
according to Mitchell. 

Another senior from Arlington, Texas 
that will be at NSU next year is Ellie Cox 
from James Martin High School. Mitchell 
sees her as a valuable midfielder for the 
upcoming years. Mitchell recruited even 
more players from Texas with Chelsey 
Gibbs from Madison High School and Cal- 
lie Hayes from MacArthur High School, 
both in San Antonio. Hayes will most like- 
ly be put as a defender for the Lady 
Demons, while Gibbs will be spread out 
over multiple positions. Lacie Hughes is 
another recruit from San Antonio; she is 
seen as a great athelete and is coming from 
Earl Warren High School. 

Missy Oakley is a more local recruit com- 
ing from Ruston High School in Ruston, La. 
Mitchell has followed her since she was a 
freshman and sees her as a "diamond in the 
rough." A senior from Hillcrest High 

School in Dallas will also be attending 
NSU; Caroline Seago will be able to play a 
number of positions on the field because of 
the toughness and attacking mentality that 
she possesses, according to Mitchell. 
Georgetown, Texas will be losing Lindy 
Strahan when she comes to Natchitoches 
next year to be a goalie for the Lady 
Demons. Shayna Turner from Long Beach 
High School in Mississippi was also 
recruited by Mitchell for her ability to con- 
tinuously score goals. 

All 12 of the girls are known for their 
notable academic achievements and grade 
point averages. Last fall's team GPA was 
3.62 for the Lady Demons. 

Coach Scott Stoker had his chance to 
speak about his 14 new recruits next. The 
first of the 14 is Chad Bell, a defensive back 
for Southwood High School in Shreveport, 
who will be playing safety in secondary as 
a freshman at NSU. Jari Brooks, a recruit 
from Pinkston High School in Dallas, 
signed with the Demon football team. He 
was a wide receiver in high school and will 
bring a lot of size to the team next year. 

The Demons were able to acquire the No. 
1 tight end on the NSU board, Justin Chat- 

man from Covington High School in Cov- 
ington, La. 

Dennis Clark was also recruited by the 
NSU coaching staff; he played defensive 
end for Lakeside High School in Sibley, La, 
but what proved himself worthy in the 
coaches eyes was playing basketball. 

Daingerfield, Texas will have to let go of 
Germayne Edmond from Germayne High 
School. He caught the eyes of the coaches 
at NSU by playing quarterback for only 
one year and becoming MVP. The quarter- 
back from St. Mary's and Holy Cross High 
Schools in New Orleans will be a Demon 
football player next year. Lance Locoste is 
not only known for Jus skills as quarter- 
back but also for his academic ability. John- 
nie Lee from Block High School in 
Jonesville, La. will be playing corner in sec- 
ondary for NSU next season; he is praised 
for his speed, which is something that Stok- 
er says cannot be coached. 

Ledell Love will be coming to NSU from 
Skyline High School in Dallas to be defen- 
sive end for the Demons. Grant High 
School's running back Brandon Newsome 

also signed with NSU; he is from Colfax, 

Kevin Perry will be a Demon just liltj 
his father and brother before him. Perry 
played wide receiver for Langham Creel 
High School in Houston. Adam Roy is ■, 
senior quarterback from Alexandria Senioi 
High and will make the third recruit for i 
Demon quarterback. 

Three more seniors from Texas signe< 
with the NSU football team this year, am 
they are Richard Simmons from Hemphi 
High School in San Augustine, Jam$ 
Swanson, Jr. from Skyline High School am 
Josh Adams from Jasper. Simmons will b< 
valuable as a defensive end next yeaj 
Swanson is known for his position of wid 
receiver. Adams will play corner becaua 
of his ability to cover the field. 

All but one of these 14 high school sen 
iors have already academically qualifiei 
for the team. Last year's team GPA was 2.6 
There were not many offensive linemen b 
recruit, but Stoker is happy with th 

Lady Demons Volleyball welcomes new coach 

Courtesy of Sports 

Brittany Uffelman, who helped 
coach NSU to its two best seasons 
in 19 years of Southland Confer- 
ence volleyball competition, has 
been named the Lady Demons' 
new head coach. 

Greg Burke, NSU director of ath- 
letics, made the announcement 
Tuesday. Uffelman's promotion 
from assistant coach to head coach 
is contingent upon approval by the 
Board of Supervisors of the Uni- 
versity of Louisiana system. 

Uffelman succeeds Leigh 
Mullins, who guided the Lady 
Demons to 25 SLC wins in her four 
seasons, 17 in the final two years 
with Uffelman serving as assistant 
coach, bolstering a program that 
had only 26 conference wins in its 
15 previous seasons in the SLC. 

Mullins resigned effective Dec. 
31, moving with her infant daugh- 
ter to join her husband in North 

"Brittany has been an integral 
part of the increased success 
enjoyed by the NSU volleyball pro- 
gram over the past two seasons, 
and her hiring ensures that conti- 
nuity will be sustained as the pro- 
gram looks to take bigger steps in 
the coming seasons," said Burke. "I 
am genuinely excited about hand- 
ing the reins of the NSU volleyball 
program to her. 

"Brittany's leadership and orga- 
nizational skills are extraordinary 
and will serve her well as our head 
volleyball coach. She has a vision 
for where the program can go but 
more importantly, has a plan to get 
us there. On a personal level, she 
has tremendous character and is 
well-grounded. That type of 
approach will be positive for the 
players and will help in the recruit- 
ing process," Burke added. 

Uffelman, a Wyoming native 
and a 2004 graduate of Montana 
State-Billings, was hired in the 
spring of 2004 by Mullins and 
immediately impressed those 
around the NSU volleyball pro- 
gram with her positive approach 

and work ethic. She left a lucrative 
marketing position in the private 
sector to pursue a Division I coach- 
ing position, and two years later 
becomes one of the youngest head 
coaches in the nation at the age of 

"I am extremely excited," said 
Uffelman. "I have such great 
respect for the support system of 
my administrators and other col- 
leagues here at NSU. They share 
the same principles and similar 
philosophies that I have as a per- 
son and as a coach." 

"Thanks to Coach Mullins, this 
program has taken strides forward 
every year. I believe that realistic 
short term goals are to stay in step 
with the pace we are moving for- 
ward," said Uffelman. "This pro- 
gram achieved milestone one this 
past season — we made it to the 
conference tournament for the first 
time in school history. Our ulti- 
mate, long-term goal, is to win a 
Southland Conference champi- 
onship. The players here share the 
same vision that I have for this pro- 
gram. They are a talented group of 
girls, and I look forward to our 
future together." 

This fall, the Lady Demons fin- 
ished sixth in the 11 -team league, 
an all-time best performance, and 
qualified for the first time ever for 
the SLC Tournament, where they 
lost 3-2 to third-seeded and even- 
tual tournament finalist Texas-San 
Antonio. NSU (11-16 overall, 9-9 in 
the SLC) posted a school-record of 
nine SLC victories, even in a hurri- 
cane-shortened season in which 
NSU missed a pair of games 
against teams that didn't qualify 
for the tournament. 

NSU notched its first-ever wins 
over Texas State and Texas- Arling- 
ton, and only its second victory 
ever over Texas-San Antonio in the 
SLCs regular season. 

Last season's unprecedented 
success in SLC play followed a sev- 
enth-place 8-12 mark in 2004 that 
at the time easily ranked as the best 
showing by the Lady Demons in 
SLC competition. 

Fan support also soared with 
Uffelman coordinating the pro- 

gram's outreach activities. An 
array of promotional activities and 
community involvement by the 
team combined with a focus on 
student participation to generate 
several crowds over 500 in Prather 
Coliseum, more than double the 
previous best attendances. 

Her recruiting ability and con- 
tacts through conducting camps 
around the region were also attrib- 
utes that led Burke to promote 

"Solid recruiting will be critical 
to our continued success. Brittany 
is committed to enhancing the pro- 
file and image of NSU volleyball in 
the high school and club circuit as 
she seeks out players who can be 
difference makers. She will be a 
first-class ambassador for NSU 
when meeting parents and 
recruits," he said. 

Uffelman, the daughter of a 
highly successful prep wrestling 
coach in Wyoming, said her age is 
an asset in the recruiting process. 

"I am a young coach with the 
desire and energy level to spend a 
significant amount of time recruit- 
ing. I believe that time and effort 
recruiting will keep the future for 
NSU Volleyball looking bright," 
she said. 

A native of Thermopolis, Wyo., 
Uffelman lettered in volleyball 
three years at Black Hills State 
University in South Dakota before 
finishing her career at Montana 

She was a two-time all-state per- 
former at Hot Springs County 
High School in Wyoming, leading 
the Bobcats to second and third- 
place finishes at the state tourna- 

In basketball, she helped Hot 
Springs to a third-place state tour- 
nament finish as a junior. 

She is the daughter of Bob and 
Kay Uffelman. Her father was 
recently inducted in the Montana 
State-Billings athletic hall of fame 
for his outstanding college 
wrestling career, and became a 
prominent Wyoming high school 
coach at Wind River and Ther- 

Teranda Denatto/The Current S*l 

Sheronda Bell shoots for a goal during Saturday's game against rivals Stephen F. Austin. The Lady Demons lost to the 
Lady Jacks 85-69. NSU will face SLC co-leader Texas-Arlington at 7 tonight. 

Demons face Mavericks tonight in Prather 

Courtesy of Sports 

NSU starts round two of the 
Southland Conference basketball 
race in Prather Coliseum Thursday 
evening, hoping to complete a sea- 
son sweep of Texas-Arlington in a 
matchup of the league's two most 
experienced teams. 

Tipoff is 6:30 between the 
Demons (15-6 overall, 8-1 and in 
first place in the SLC) and the Mav- 
ericks (11-11, 4-5). 

NSU is the hottest team in the 
SLC with five straight wins. 

UTA has dropped three in a row, 
falling 80-66 Tuesday night at 
Louisiana-Monroe after leading by 
9 at halftime. 

NSU posted a 72-66 triumph last 
Saturday at Stephen F. Austin in 
the only meeting this season 
between the teams. 

Four of NSU's remaining seven 
SLC games are rematches of con- 

tests won by the Demons last 

On Jan. 5, the teams opened the 
16-game SLC race in Arlington 
with NSU mounting an 18-6 run 
over 3:38 midway through the sec- 
ond half to take command in a 79- 
67 victory over UTA. 

The Mavericks start three sen- 
iors, including 2005 All-SLC pick 
Steven Thomas (12.1 points, 8.0 
rebounds per game) and Jarrett 
Howell (14.5 points, 3.5 assists per 
game). The Demons have four sen- 
ior starters and seven seniors over- 

"UTA has three very talented 
seniors with Thomas, Howell and 
Brady Dawkins at point guard, 
guys who are among the best in 
our conference," said Demons' 
coach Mike McConathy. "This is 
always a tough game but one that's 
fun to play because (UTA coach) 
Eddie McCarter's teams compete 
so hard and like to play up-tempo 
as we do." 

The Demons hope to rend 
unbeaten at home in their eigH 
game in Prather Coliseum this * 
son. They are 22-2 at home sS 1 
the beginning of last year. 

"The support we've gotten ft" 
our fans and our students play* 
big role in our success on 4 
homecourt," said McConao 
whose team is drawing an avetf 
of 2,451 for its four SLC htf 
games this year. "They m» 
Prather Coliseum a difficult 
for visiting teams. " 

NSU has four of its next five S 
contests at home before the regf 
season ends with visits to Te* 
State and Texas-San Antonio 
early March. 

"We've got to defend our hot 
court to keep the upper hand in 
conference race," said McCona* 
"This is a very big week for us 
home games against UTA * 
Louisiana-Monroe. " 

The Demons play host to 
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Campus Connections, a free service to organizations 
planning events that will be open to NSU students. 

Bring Connections to Kyser 225G, or e-mail them 
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refuse any Connection. 

Financial Aid counselors come to dorms on campus 

The Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships will 
have financial aid counselors in dorm lobbies to provide 
information and answer students' questions regarding dead- 
lines for the upcoming academic year: Fall 2006 and Spring 

The counselors will be in University Place, the University 
Columns and Boozman, Bossier, Sabine and Varnado Halls 
today from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

"Winter Constellations" 

Nate Pritts, visiting assistant professor of language and 
communication at NSU, will be reading from his book of 
poetry, "Winter Constellations," on Saturday at 7 p.m. 

The reading will take place at the Tin House Barbeque and 
Tin Cup Cafe on the corner of Church and Third Streets, par- 
allel to Front Street. 

The feature reading will be followed by an open mic, so the 
audience can bring some of their own creative work to share. 

For more information about "Winter Constellations, visit 

Big Easy Week In Full Swing 

On Tuesday students will be given the opportunity to 
receive a free cupful of hot red beans and rice in the Fried- 
man Student Union lobby. 

Students will be able to hear the festive sounds of the 
Steve Wells Dixie Land Combo jazz band performing live 
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Students' masterpieces from the banner contest will be on 
display throughout the lobby for students to view. 

This event full of food, music and art will appeal to all the 
students senses. 

In order to participate, students must bring one item on 
the pre-approved list found in the Big Easy Week registra- 
tion packet. 

Registration packets may be picked up at the Department 
of Student Activities Room 214 in the Student Union. 

Throughout Big Easy Week students need to bring listed 
Mardi Gras mask materials in order to gain access to sched- 
uled events. 

All items will be collected will be donated for volunteers to 
make Mardi Gras masks at the Cane River Girls Home. 

Students and sponsors from various organizations will be 
at the Girls Home from 4:30 p.m. to 6p.m. on Thursday to 
help assist with the mask service project. 

Yonna Pasch, assistant director of student activities, said 
"The NSU Express is really excited about the upcoming 
events, and we want to encourage every student to partici- 

Aramark has gotten involved with "Jazzing it Up" by 
donating the red beans and rice. 

For more information about getting involved with "Jazzing 
it up" or the Cane River Girls Home service project, please 
contact Yonna Pasch at 

Lacie Jackson 

Omega Psi Phi to hold clothing drive 

The Xi Alpha Alpha and Theta Delta chapters of Omega 
Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. will conduct its first Black History 
Month Clothing Drive on Thursday. 

The Brothers of Omega will place bins, each displaying the 
greek letter Omega, in every dorm lobby for students to 
bring their items. 

All articles of clothing and shoes are welcome, preferably 

The items will be delivered to local group homes and 
homeless shelters. 

For more information, contact Bobby Benjamin at (318) 730- 
3488 or Isaiah Boyd at (504) 813-0361. 

Financial Aid appeal deadline approaching 

The final deadline to submit a Spring 2006 financial aid 
appeal will be Feb. 28. 

Appeal forms, along with documentation, must be submit- 
ted by the Feb. 28 deadline. 


Campus goes wireless 

New wireless technology helps students 
get online throughout university 

Steps for Windows XP 

By Chris Reich 

Photo Editor 

The wireless network 
around campus is installed 
and ready for students to 
use, inside buildings at least. 

Information Systems fin- 
ished the installation of their 
wireless access points 
around campus last week. 

The only places left to 
install the access points are 
the outdoor areas. These 
installs are on hold until 
parts arrive. Information 
Systems is expecting these 
parts to arrive in about a 
week, with the install taking 
only a couple days, said Jim 
McCrory, director of Infor- 
mation Systems. 

Students will need to have 
a laptop with either an add- 
on wireless card or an inter- 
nal one that supports the 
802.11 b/g wireless standard. 
Most laptops and cards sup- 
port these standards. Infor- 
mation systems has a list of 
cards that they officially sup- 
port, but most cards will 
work fine. 

The NSU Help Desk has 
the same walkthrough as the 
one on the right. They can 
help students set up their 
computer to access the wire- 
less network or help make 
the choice of which card is 
needed. The phone number 
is 357-6696. They are avail- 
able from 8 a.m. to noon and 
1 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

• Click start 

• Choose control panel 

• Right click wireless net- 
work connection, then click 

• Click wireless networks 

• Click add button 

• Type in Secure_Student 
in the network name (SSID) 

• Set network authentica- 
tion to WPA 

• Click the authentication 

• Click the drop down box 
under EAP type and select 
Protected EAP (PEAP) 

• Click the properties but- 

Make sure the "Validate 
server certificate" box is 

• Under select authentica- 
tion methods, make sure that 
secured password (EAP- 
MSCHAPS v2) is selected. 
Click configure next to the 

• When the window comes 
up on your screen, uncheck 
"Automatically use my Win- 
dows logon name and pass- 
words (and domain if any)" 

• Click ok, ok, ok on the 3 
open dialog boxes. A box in 
the bottom left corner of the 
screen will appear. 

• Click on the bubble to 
display the credentials. Type 
in your user name and pass- 
word as usual. In the domain 
you will type in Student. 

Steps for 10 A Mac OS X Tiger 

• Click the apple menu and choose system 

• Choose network and click on airport 

• Make sure that "by default, connect to 
preferred networks" is selected. 

• Click the + sign to add a network. 

• Type in Secure_Student in the first space. 

• Choose WPA Enterprise from the drop 
down menu. 

• Type in the user name and your password 
in the fields; leave the 802. lx set to automatic. 

• Click ok and then select apply now. 
•A dialog box will come up and hit ok. 

NSU student hit 
by car on campus 

By David Dinsmore 

Sauce Reporter 

A car struck a 25-year-old 
student Wednesday morn- 

Shane Lodrigue, the uni- 
versity police officer who 
worked the scene, said the 
incident occurred at 11:16 
a.m. when the woman was 
crossing the street. 

Lodrigue said the woman 
was not using the crosswalk. 

A Honda CR-V hit the stu- 
dent on her left knee as she 
was walking from the Fried- 
man Student Union parking 
lot in front of Kyser Hall to 
the parking lot next to Dodd 
and St. Denis Halls. 

Lodrigue said the vehicle 
"struck her on the left knee. 

That's pretty much the only 
injury she had." 

When the ambulance 
arrived, the paramedics 
wrapped the woman's knee 
and then transported her to 
the Natchitoches Parish Hos- 

Det. Doug Prescott said he 
wanted assurance that the 
woman's family was contact- 
ed before her name could be 

Students should use this as 
a good reason to heed cross- 
walks because they are the 
areas designated for students 
to cross the street, Sgt. Sonnia 
Steele said. 

However, drivers also 
need to be paying extra 
attention while driving on 
campus, Steele said. 

Students get 'Singled Out' 

Cheryl Thompson/ The Current Sauce 

Students vote on "Singled Out" contestants by donating money on Monday in Kyser Hall. 
See page 5 for the complete story. 

SGA forfeits control over student media 

By Jim Mustian 

Sauce Reporter 

The Student Government 
Association may soon be for- 
feiting some of its control 
over the student media. 

A bill passed Monday night 
would give the Student 
Media Board the last word 
when selecting publication 
editors for the Current Sauce, 
Potpourri and Argus as well as 
a station manager for 

The SGA currently holds 
the right to veto the media 
board's selections for any rea- 
son it sees fit. 

SGA President Alan Sypert 
said the current by-laws are 
redundant because the SGA 

also appoints student mem- 
bers to the media board. 

"I don't think the SGA 
should have the amount of 
authority over the media 
board that it does," he said. 
"What this does is it takes 
away oversight from the 
SGA, not the students." 

Sypert said complications 
have arisen in the past 
because SGA members are in 
no position to decide on the 
media board's choices. 

"Ninety percent of the 
SGA, including myself, has 
no idea what's going on in the 
journalism department," he 

Sypert said media board 
members are better able to 
determine whether candi- 

dates are responsible enough 
for the position. 

Mary Brocato, an assistant 
professor of journalism, said 
the students appointed to the 
media board are likely to be 
"fairly familiar with student 
media." The media board, 
she said, also consists of facul- 
ty members who have been 
exposed to the candidates. 

Vice President of External 
Affairs Jerry Pierce, who 
serves as chairman of the 
media board, said the propos- 
al is logical. 

"I think it's a very good 
decision," he said. 

A ratification of this type, 
as outlined by a provision in 
the SGA's constitution, 

requires the approval of the 
student body. 

If signed by NSU President 
Randall J. Webb, the proposal 
would be voted on by stu- 
dents later this semester. 

Coupled with the bill is a 
constitutional amendment 
which eliminates the need of 
student approval in the 

Senator Elaine Broussard 
said similar legislation has 
been passed by the SGA 
before but never appeared on 
any ballot. She said complica- 
tions last summer, which led 
to temporary delays in the 
student media, could have 
been avoided had a student 
vote not been required to 

finalize such changes. 

Brocato said the issue dur- 
ing the summer came about 
because student members 
had not been appointed to the 
media board. As a result, the 
media board could not con- 
vene and no editors or man- 
agers could be named. This 
temporarily froze the award- 
ing of scholarships, and 
would-be editors missed 
workshops and the opportu- 
nity to gain experience. 

Sypert said the legislation 
should lead to a more defined 
separation between the stu- 
dent government and media. 
"Hopefully this will fix this 
flaw in our constitution." 

NSU professor elected to Board of International 
Coalition of Addiction Studies Education 

By Lane Luckie 

Sauce Reporter 

Joseph D. Biscoe III, assis- 
tant professor of psychology, 
was recently elected to the 
Board of the International 
Coalition of Addiction Stud- 
ies Education (INCASE). 

INCASE was established in 
1990 to promote discussion in 
the field of addiction studies, 
raise standards for profes- 

sionals, and enhance the qual- 
ity of education in the concen- 

Biscoe said his appoint- 
ment will put NSU on the 
map with other prestigious 
schools in the field. 

"Students within the addic- 
tion studies concentration 
will be receiving the same 
base instruction as those in 
other schools across the coun- 
try. This means that someone 

who is field certified in 
Louisiana should have the 
same foundation of knowl- 
edge and principles as others 
around the world," he said. 

Students will be receiving 
instruction that should posi- 
tion them to enter the job 
market, he said. 

"Addiction studies are a 
relatively new area, and 
Louisiana is in dire need for 
professionals in this field," he 

said. "Through INCASE, we 
will decide which approaches 
are the best for treating some- 

Many professions create 
organizations to establish 
standards and goals, such as 
the American Psychological 
Association. Biscoe said 
INCASE will benefit every- 
one associated with addiction 
studies through standards 
and accountability. "The 



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coalition will help with com- 
petency in the field of addic- 
tion studies with the educator 
and the practitioner. We're 
really raising the bar and 
strengthening the founda- 
tion," he said. 

Through INCASE, Biscoe 
will be a member of the team 
that decides the direction of 
the addiction studies field, 
setting guidelines as well as 
principles and standards. 


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News Editor 

School of Social Sciences 
institutes new capstone course 

By Raymond Billy Jr 

Opinion Editor 

NSU's School of Social Sciences 
has undertaken a subtle change in 
recent months. 

Beginning last fall, the school 
instituted a capstone course for 
graduating seniors in four of the 
social science disciplines. 

Former director of the School of 
Social Sciences Kathleen Byrd, 
assistant sociology professor 
William Housel, and criminal jus- 
tice coordinator Joe Morris jointly 
decided the course was needed. 

Byrd said the school developed 
the capstone to help students in the 
social sciences graduate with a 
higher level of preparedness. 

She also said the course will tie in 
nicely with the social science ver- 
sion of Orientation 1010, which the 
school has been administering for 
several years. 

"We ... developed our own ori- 
entation and part of the orientation 
course was to get the students 
thinking of their careers (during) 
their freshmen year," Byrd said. 
"We had them develop a five-year 
action plan . . . which is not only the 
four years at the university but 
looking forward to the first year 
beyond the university." 

She also said "the idea was to get 
a capstone experience at the very 
end of the four years to prepare the 
students to go ... on to grad school 
or into the job market," Byrd said. 

She said the course "was 
designed to bring together their 

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whole college experience and then 
prepare them for the next stage of 
their careers." 

The course is divided into two 
sections: an A-term and a B-term 
course. It covers sociology, history, 
political science, and the new her- 
itage resources program. Anthro- 
pology students will be able to take 
the course under the banner of her- 
itage resources. 

In the A-term portion, students 
learn to refine the research skills 
that they have been developing 
throughout their college careers. 
They will also be required to take a 
senior exit exam. 

The B-term section is geared 
toward helping students put 
together job resumes and teaching 
them steps they should take in 
applying to graduate or law school. 

Gregory Granger, director of the 
School of Social Sciences, said the 
exit exam was added to the cap- 
stone course to help the school to 
evaluate its effectiveness in teach- 
ing the social sciences. In the past, 
the exam results had been unreli- 
able because the test did not count 
toward an official grade on a stu- 
dent's transcript, he said. 

In his experience administering 
political science exit exams, many 
bright students did not do well on 
the test because "they just did not 
feel like taking it seriously and 
rushed through it," Granger said. 

"By making it part of the cap- 
stone course, thereby making it 
part of the grade that a student 
gets, that gives the student the 

incentive to really pay attention to 
the exam and also allows us to put 
the exam in a more professional 

Housel designed the academic 
structure of the capstone course. 
Starring next fall, a research paper 
will be assigned during the A-term 
section, he said. The research will 
be approximately twenty-five 
pages long, and students will work 
with professors in their majors to 
develop their research, he said. 

"What we want to do is take 
something that they've already 
written for class . . . like a ten page 
paper for class and expand it and 
actually work with the students on 
how do you research, how do you 
write something that is possibly of 
publishable quality," Housel said. 

"To some extent this is interdisci- 
plinary, and hopefully there will be 
some cross-fertilization of ideas 
between the different disciplines," 
he said. 

Housel said he taught the class 
during its first semester and will 
continue teaching the capstone in 
its initial stages. After the course is 
more firmly established, teaching 
duties will be rotated among sever- 
al different social sciences faculty 

Granger said Housel was picked 
to design the course and teach it 
because his doctorate is in social 
sciences, even though he mostly 
teaches sociology. 

In instituting the capstone, the 
same number of hours will be 
required for graduation in each dis- 

cipline. The School of Social Sci- 
ences has ehminated three hours of 
electives from each area of study to 
make room for the capstone, 
Granger said. 

Only students who entered NSU 
during or after the fall 2005 semes- 
ter will be required to take the cap- 
stone, but it is open to all social sci- 
ence seniors. 

Housel said in addition to better- 
ing the academic experience for 
students, the capstone was also cre- 
ated with the upcoming Southern 
Regional Colleges and Schools 
review in mind. 

The SACS Commission on Col- 
leges is the recognized regional 
accrediting body for southern 
states. The organization visits NSU 
every 10 years and will next come 
to the school during the spring 2007 
semester, Housel said. 

Granger said the school decided 
against having individual cap- 
stones for each social science 
because it is a small school and few 
students graduate in each disci- 
pline every semester. He said it 
would have been a waste of time 
and money to have separate cap- 

Granger also said the SACS 
organization values interdiscipli- 
nary education, so consolidating 
the capstone will help NSU during 
the upcoming review. 

Housel said the capstone course 
had to be approved by the School 
of Social Sciences' Curriculum 
Review Council, then the NSU 
CRC before it was instituted. 

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These three paintings are part of the Audobon exhibit now showing at the Old 
Courthouse State Museum on Second Street. 

Audubon's 'Birds of 
America' collection i 
comes to Natchitoches 

By Jim Mustian 

Sauce Reporter 

Birds of all types and colors, 
some even extinct, have migrated 
to the Old Courthouse State Muse- 
um to be featured in John J. 
Audubon's famous collection of 
"Birds of America." 

The exhibition, titled "Revealing 
an American Wilderness: 
Audubon's Birds of Louisiana," 
began Friday with a reception and 
opening program led by guest 
speakers Gabriela Hernandez, 
curator of education and music 
programming from the Office of 
State Museums, and David Latona, 
interpretive program developer of 
naturalists programming from the 
Office of State Parks. 

Hernandez lectured briefly on 
Audubon's life as a bird lover and 
the nature of his work. 

She said the "Birds of America" 
collection, which contains 435 
prints altogether, has a long histo- 
ry, as some parts have been stolen 
and since recovered. 

According to an article pub- 
lished in 1981 by The New York 
Times, one volume of prints was 
taken from the Peabody Institute 
Library in Massachusetts before 
the Federal Bureau of Investigation 
reached an agreement to have it 

The prints now on display are 
the property of the Louisiana State 
Museum System and were first 
acquired by the state in 1834. 

Carolyn Harrington, the muse- 
um division director, said the 
prints had to be moved from the 
Old U.S. Mint Museum in New 
Orleans to a site in Baton Rouge 
because of Hurricane Katrina. 

The exhibit in Natchitoches had 
been planned before the storm, 

Harrington said. 

Mayor Wayne McCullen said the 
exhibit will be important for 

"The city of Natchitoches is very 
fortunate to have this opportuni- 
ty," he said. 

The exhibit is scheduled to 
remain on display until Aug. 5. 

Audubon, who died in 1851, was 
known for innovating ways to cap- 
ture birds in life-like poses. 

Hernandez said one of those 
methods was affixing birds to 
wires attached to wooden boards 
in order to suspend them in inter- 
active positions. 

Audubon is also respected for 
the precision and accuracy with 
which he depicted each bird. 

Barbara Brister, a resident of 
Coushatta who attended the recep- 
tion, said, "The detail is just phe- 
nomenal. That one there, you can 
see every little hair," she said 
pointing to a print of an owl. 

Harrington said she appreciates 
the "absolutely amazing detail" 
found in each print. 

Latona presented a slide show in 
which he compared several of the 
prints to actual photographs taken 
of the birds in the wild. 

Latona said some of the official 
names of the birds are those that 
Audubon gave them during his 

A few of the birds featured in the 
collection, such as the Carolina 
parakeet, have become extinct 
while others remain endangered. 

The Old Courthouse State 
Museum is located on Second 
Street in downtown Natchitoches 

The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 
p.m. Monday through Saturday- 
Admission is $2 for students and 
$3 for adults. 

Thursday, February 1 6, 2006 — The Current Sauce - News Section 


Book Merchant presents 'Vagina Monologues' 

By Kristen Alexander 

Sauce Reporter 

The Vagina Monologues, a world-known 
production promoting women's individual 
and sexual safety in society, will be pre- 
sented Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. 

The performance will be held at the Book 
Merchant, located at 512 Front Street. A $2 
entrance fee is required and all proceeds 
will go to a local battered women's shelter. 
Early arrival is suggested due to limited 

The performance is part of global anti- 
violence acts toward women 

Gretchen Johnson, director of the pro- 
duction, is a senior theatre major, who had 
the personal desire to present this perform- 
ance for the people in the Natchitoches 

According to the official web site for the 
play, (, thousands of volun- 
teer activists and theatre performers 

around the world choose to present this 
performance in their communities in an 
effort to encourage society in becoming 
more comfortable when discussing topics 
concerning a woman's body, typically her 
vagina, as well as to inform people of acts 
of violence taken toward women. 

Johnson said she was introduced to the 
production two years ago when it was first 
presented in the Natchitoches area under 
the direction of Oona Zbitkovskis, an NSU 

"When I was in it I really enjoyed it," 
Johnson said. "It taught me a lot about 
myself. I feel that Natchitoches needs the 
Vagina Monologues and I hope it will help 
women become more comfortable with 
their sexuality." 

Although the play is not affiliated with 
NSU, eight of the 11 women performing 
are NSU students, including Johnson. 

The remaining cast members are NSU 

Johnson said the production will contain 
monologues that present facts informing 
women of issues they may have been 
unaware of concerning their vaginas or 
have not before been able to discuss open- 
ly about in public. 

Performers will recite stories about top- 
ics such as STD's, rape, and even on how 
men react differently to the fact that a 
woman is a "moaner in bed," Johnson said. 

"Parts of the play are expected to make 
people uncomfortable but it's good to be 
shaken up some times," Johnson said. 

"This is deeper than simply women talk- 
ing about their vaginas. It is a collection of 
survival stories, encouraging women not to 
be ashamed of who they are and to gain the 
attention of people about violent acts that 
have been taken against women over the 
years," she said. 

"The play will educate women on their 
bodies and questions will be answered that 
maybe a woman has always wanted to 

know, but has never asked before." 

Johnson said the focal point of the play is 
not to create controversy in the community 
but to help women be comfortable about 
speaking openly and with confidence on 
issues concerning their bodies and sexuali- 

"People who will be uncomfortable with 
the production just won't come, although 
those who don't come are the people I feel 
need the Vagina Monologue the most," she 

The play was created by playwright Eve 
Ensler, who gathered a collection of more 
than 200 women's stories and interviews 
about their vaginas and had other women 
read their stories to an audience in an effort 
to celebrate women's strength and sexuali- 
According to, performances of 

the Vagina Monologues have now been 

viewed in theatres worldwide, translated 
in more than 35 languages, and have also 
had an original documentary of the play 
appear on HBO in 2002. 

According to the official website, the 
inspiration Ensler received from the mono- 
logues gave her the idea to create V Day, a 
global movement that supports and raises 
money for anti-violence organizations that 
fight rape, battery, incest, female genital 
mutilation and sexual slavery against 
women and girls. 

In seven years, V Day benefit events 
have raised more than $30 million and 
have been named one of "100 Best Chari- 
ties" in Worth Magazine. 

Johnson said, "I think it's important to be 
honest with yourself and talk about every- 
thing. Hopefully there will be a story that 
every woman will be able to relate to and 
realize that she is not alone." 

Studying abroad made easy 

NSU Police Blotter 

By Leigh Gentry 

Sauce Reporter 

For students looking for a way to study 
abroad, NSU offers four different interna- 
tional study programs, which are headed 
by Louisiana Scholars' College profes- 

Jim Picht, assistant professor of eco- 
nomics in the Louisiana Scholars' College 
is in charge of the International Student 
Exchange Program (ISEP). 

Picht said, students can attend schools 
in other countries that are part of the ISEP 

The credits still apply to NSU and the 
students pay the same for tuition as they 
do at NSU. The students are charged for 
a meal plan, a double room, tuition, and 
the regular fees that come with going to 
NSU. This is a popular program for jun- 
iors in the Scholars' College. 

"Living overseas is good for getting a 
job and a good way to improve language 
skills, because you are immersed in 
another culture," Picht said. 

Another international study program 
here is called NSU in Rome. 

Richard Jensen, associate professor of 
history in the Louisiana Scholars' Col- 
lege, said he and some colleagues have 
been taking a group of students to Rome 
every few summers since Jean D'Amato, 
professor of classics in the Scholars' Col- 
lege, handed the program over to Jensen 
in 2000. 

The last trip took place last summer 

and the next trip to Rome is scheduled for 
summer 2008, Jensen said. 

Those who participate in the trip to the 
Naples and Rome areas have seen ancient 
monuments and observed architecture 
from the different periods of Italian cul- 
ture. They have even attended cultural 
functions such as the opera. 

The trip is offered to anyone who is 
interested, but each person must pay his 
or her own way. 

Students can register for credit and 
even apply for loans and financial aid 
through NSU. There is no limit to the 
number of people who can go, but there 
are usually 10 students who attend. 

Jensen said this trip is important both 
for students and teachers. 

"For students Italy is beautiful, interest- 
ing and historical; they love it," he said. 

"It is a big pay of for me, because I get 
to see Italy and the students' reactions. 
Their lives really change being in a differ- 
ent society," Jensen said. 

There are two other international study 
programs that allow students to travel to 
France. One is called the Council for the 
Development of French in Louisiana 
(CODOFIL) and the other is the Interna- 
tional Mission for the Coordination of 
Franco-American Exchanges (MICEFA), 

The programs are headed by Lisa 
Wolffe, assistant professor romance lan- 
guages in the Scholars' College. 

CODOFIL is an exchange program that 
could last for either a summer or a year. 

MICEFA is a yearlong program and is 

similar to ISEP. Students pay at NSU but 
attend class in France. 

Most of the MICEFA schools are in 
Paris. All the coursework is in French; 
therefore, the program offers a language 
adaptation class to be taken a month 
ahead of traveling to France. 

CODOFIL and MICEFA are more com- 
petitive than ISEP. This experience opens 
up multiple doors to students, such as 
assistantships offered by the French gov- 

This allows American students to teach 
English to French students while getting 
paid a stipend. 

Wolffe said she believes in these two 
programs because they are good for stu- 
dents who want to teach French in the 
United States. They are also good ways to 
get overseas without a lot of cost. 

D'Amato helps direct students interest- 
ed in the classics to programs such as the 
Classical Consortium of the University of 
Louisiana System. 

This is a program that NSU belongs to 
as a university but one that is not very 
successful in getting students to attend 
The cost is high and there are not many 
classics students. 

Another program D'Amato guides stu- 
dents to is one that takes them to Ireland 
to study Greek and Latin during the sum- 
mer. This is done on an individualized 
basis, as opposed to NSU in Rome, which 
is a group trip. 

D'Amato uses her contacts to help stu- 
dents get ahead in their studies. 

1:15 p.m. 

A Wellness, Recreation and Activities Cen- 
ter employee got stuck in the elevator. An offi- 
cer arrived at the scene and was able to open 
the door by pushing the elevator button. 

11:33 a.m. 

The green light for the northbound lane of 
Caspari Street was reported to have gone out. 

1:13 a.m. 

A vehicle was found driving on the bike 
path near the farm gate at the intersection of 
Tarlton Drive and Jefferson Street. 

7:03 p.m. 

Boozman Hall fire alarms sounded. After 
the fire department arrived, the cause was 
discovered to be "burnt cooking." 


3:52 a.m. 

An ambulance arrived at the University 
Columns to transport a visitor to the hospi- 
tal. The subject was thought to have drunk 
too much alcohol. An IV had to be adminis- 
tered before subject was transported. 

10:05 a.m. 

A tow truck was called to remove a vehicle 
from a parking lot on campus because it had 
an altered parking tag. 

8:42 p.m. 

Officers searched an apartment at Universi- 
ty Columns for marijuana. 

8:59 a.m. 

Watson Library reported that a man was 
going from floor to floor asking for money. 
The man was gone when officers arrived. 

David Dinsmore 

Composer to visit NSU 

Andi Bass 

Sauce Reporter 

Martin Ellerby, a critically acclaimed com- 
poser, will be at NSU from today until Feb. 23. 

On Tuesday at 4 p.m., Ellerby will give a 
lecture, open to all students, in Magale Recital 


Also on Tuesday, a concert featuring Eller- 
by's music will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Magale 
Recital Hall. 

An NSU Wind Symphony concert, also fea- 
turing Ellerby, will be held Wednesday at 7:30 
p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. 

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Feb. 23 - "Krewe of NSU" 7 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. 
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National honor society for Psychology 

Why Having a Pet is 
Good for Your Mind 

By Ashley Samson 

If you are like most college stu- 
dents, you most likely have some 
memory of a family or friend's 
pet that you played with when 
you were younger. Studies show 
that 62 percent of families in the 
U.S. have at least one pet in their 
homes and that 43 percent of col- 
lege students own pets. 

Pets make great companions, 
and there are many benefits to 
owning one. Pets can provide us 
with a distraction from our wor- 
ries. They also encourage social 
interaction and provide a sooth- 
ing presence. 

Pets can help you manage your 
stress. The act of petting or 
stroking an animal in a rhythmic, 
repetitive motion or watching 
fish swim in an aquarium can 
help relieve stress for many peo- 
ple. This is good news because 
having a high stress level can 
result in several physical and psy- 
chological health problems, 
including migraine headaches, 
insomnia, and ulcers. A study of 
women undergoing stress tests 
demonstrated that the presence 
of a dog had a greater effect on 
lowering blood pressure than the 
presence of friends. 

Pets can be a good form of 
emotional therapy. Animals have 
become a popular form of emo- 
tional therapy in many hospitals 
and nursing homes. Patients who 
have contact with animals tend to 
be less depressed and respond 
better to medical treatments. 

At home, pets can have the 
same affect on their owners. 
Many people will talk to their 
pets as if they were human, since 
pets will oftentimes give you 
their undivided attention and 
offer support in their own unique 

Pets can also help us recover 
from serious illness by giving us 
psychological support. How? 
Having an animal companion 
makes us feel less lonely and iso- 
lated. Pets can help decrease feel- 
ings of depression and worry, 
both of which can slow your 
recovery time. 

So, next time you are feeling 
down or are just in a bad mood, 
spend some time with your pet or 
borrow a friend's if you don't 
have your own, and you will be 
feeling better in no time. 


By Kayla Brossett 

Sauce Reporter 

The NSU chapter of the National 
Association of Black Journalists hosted 
Speed Dating in the lobby of the Student 
Union on Feb. 7. 

The art of Speed Dating has become 
increasingly popular, and many people 
lave seen examples on episodes of "Sex 
and the City" or on the romantic come- 
dy "Hitch." In these scenarios, women 
and men meet in a hurry in hopes of 
finding their soul mates. 

Although soul mates might not have 
been found, NABJ did its best to 
increase the chances for singles at NSU 
to open up to a new experience and per- 
haps gain a phone number or two. 
Tazmin Ivey, president of NABJ, said, 
We wanted to have an activity for sin- 
gle students since it was so close to 
Valentine's Day. So hopefully someone 
now has a Valentine because of Speed 

For a fee of $3 students, 23 students 
were set up on 23 mini-dates to get to 
know members of the opposite sex a lit- 
tle better. 

Every five minutes each man would 
sit in front of a different woman until 
they had talked to every woman there. 
The women had name cards where they 
checked off who they liked as the guys 
rotated. NABJ left it up to the partici- 
pants to decide if they would like to 
exchange contact information and pos- 
sibly go on a date. 

Ivy Mitchell, a junior accounting 
major, was one of the participants. 

"I came to have fun and meet new 
people," she said. 

"The atmosphere was well organized 
and romantic so I hopefully made a few 
possible connections," she added. 

Ivey said"Speed Dating was very suc- 
cessful, so we have decided to make it 
an annual event around this time of 
year. We are also planning to have 
another one very soon." 

fl: love in the fast lane 

Chris Reich/The Current Sauce 

Top: Junior accounting major Ivy Mitchell and sophomore health and human performance major Martin Falkerson enjoy their "date" 
Thursday night at speed dating. Above: Junior business administration major Kevin Sherman "dates" junior news editorial major 
Natasha Anderson Thursday night at Speed Dating. 

'Singled Out' game show storms campus, SAB style 

By Katie Lopez 

News Editor 

The Student Activities Board 
hosted its own version of MTV's 
"Singled Out" Monday night in the 
Friedman Student Union ballroom. 

In order to qualify for the game 
show spin-off, each candidate had 
jars with their pictures on them 
placed outside Vic's from Jan. 30 to 
Feb. 10. Students voted for two 
guys and two girls they wanted to 
participate in the game by placing 
money in their jars, which was 
donated to the American Heart 
Association. The four students 
with the most money were selected 
to participate. 

Ivy Mitchell, a junior accounting 
major, said she decided to partici- 
pate because she is single and 
thought it would fun to win a date 
with someone. 

"It turned out to be one of my 
friends." Mitchell said. "I think this 
will be a great date because we'll 
already have something to talk 


Jessica Lee, SAB president, said 
SAB decided to do "Singled Out" 
because they wanted fun things for 
students to participate in. Fees are 
collected from students every year 
for such events. 

Lee said SAB started planning 
the event last semester. "We want- 
ed to do it around Valentine's Day, 
and it just turned out so good." 

Students competing for the 
hearts of the contestants filled out 
cards and chose the answers that 
best described them. Each contest- 
ant then answered a series of ques- 
tions. If the girl or guy did not 
match up to what the contestants 
were looking for, they had to leave. 

One exception to this rule was 
the Golden Ticket. If someone a 
contestant liked was asked to 
leave, the contestant could give 
that person a ticket, which would 
bring him or her back in the game. 

Contest winners were awarded a 
gift certificate to eat at either Chili's 
or Dominic's. 

Chris Reich/The Current Sauce 

Ricky Larvadain, a senior electrical engineering technology major, describes the kind of underwear he likes his girls to wear during Singled Out 
monday night. 

Events on campus commemorate Black History Month 

By Willie Valerie 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU's African- American Caucus 
and Helping Hands will be spon- 
soring black history-related events 
this month. 

The Black History Museum, 
which showcases the lives of 
prominent black historical figures, 
began today in the Friedman Stu- 
dent Union lobby. The museum 
will remain on display until tomor- 

On Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the 
Student Union Ballroom, there will 
be a Black History Quiz Bowl, 
which is largely based on the pop- 
ular television game show "Jeop- 
ardy!" There will be questions 
about different topics concerning 

blacks, such as historical and sports 

Helping Hands, an organization 
sponsored by NSU's Student Sup- 
port Services, will be sponsoring a 
black history program on Thurs- 
day in Magale Recital Hall. 

Zenobia Dale, secretary of Help- 
ing Hands, said, "The program will 
empower and enrich people of all 
ethnic backgrounds." 

There will be a new approach to 
the black history program this year, 
Dale said. In previous years, the 
program involved participants 
reading things to the audience 
about black historical figures, but 
those who will participate in the 
program this year will be more 

"We want people to act and get 

involved instead of just reading 
things," she said. "Our focus is to 
make people privy to the different 
accomplishments of blacks." 

The program will open up with a 
small performance and highlights 
of the Harlem Renaissance. 

There will also be vocal perform- 
ances from members of NSU's Lift- 
ed Voices choir, the Anointed Per- 
fections praise dance team, and 
Helping Hands adviser Jamie 

For more information about the 
black history events sponsored by 
the AAC, contact Shannon Moore, 
vice president of the AAC, at 318- 
426-0982. For more information 
concerning the program sponsored 
by Helping Hands, contact Dale at 


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Natchitoches March Gras 
kicks off next weekend 

By Leigh Gentry 

Sauce Reporter 

This year Mardi Gras Magic is 
coming to Natchitoches Feb. 24 and 
25, complete with parades and free 

On Feb. 24, there will be music 
by Johnny Earthquake and the 
Moondogs on Church Street from 6 
p.m. until midnight. 

Feb. 25 will start off at 2:30 p.m. 
with two musical performances on 
Front Street, which is in the down- 
town historic district of Natchi- 

The north end of Front Street will 
host Hardrick Rivers and River's 
Revue, and the Steve Wells Band 
will be at the south end of the 

Front Street will be full of activi- 

ties for the entire family that day. 

The list of entertainers includes 
the Mardi Gras Rockettes of Ebarb, 
the Cajun Steppers of Natchitoches, 
CeCe the Clown, Tim Pardue, the 
St. Mary's Tiger Line, and Jelly the 

The entertainers will be there to 
perform dances, juggling, magic 
trick, balloon sculpting, face paint- 
ing, and making cotton candy. 

The Mardi Gras Parade will take 
place at 5:30p.m., starting on the 
east side of the city and going 

The Krewe of Dionysos, one of 
the local krewes, will be the hosting 
the parade. This krewe is known 
for its strands of white beads with 
grape clusters. 

There will also be a parade for 
night owls, complete with lights, 

beads, doubloons, and approxi- 
mately fifty parade floats. 

What Saturday night would be 
complete without firecrackers? A 
fireworks show will be presented 
by Cane River; onlookers can 
watch from the riverbank adjacent 
to Front Street at 7:45p.m., after the 
nighttime parade. The show will be 
on the north end of the street. The 
night will not end with the fire- 
works show, however. 

Von Orange, another local band 
to play at 8:15p.m. on the River 
Front Stage, located about midway 
from one end of Front Street to the 

The Natchitoches Historic Dis- 
trict Business Association is hosting 
these events. Visit 
for more information on Mardi 
Gras weekend. 

Teranda Oonatto/The Current Sauce 

Kent Bernard, Robert Robinson, Shane Stelly, David Combs playing Lord Chamberlain's Men in "March Tale." 

'March Tale' really 
brings down the house 

Yay! I'm hoping you all survived 
Valentine's Day — whether you 
have a significant other or you are 
as single as I am! I know I certain- 
ly had a great one. My night con- 
sisted of having cocktails and din- 
ner with some of the girls up here 
from the Current Sauce and watch- 
ing one of my all-time favorite 
movies, "Breakfast at Tiffany's." 

Throughout the movie, my girl- 
friends and I "oohed" and "ahhed" 
over how elegantly stunning and 
simply breathtaking Audrey Hep- 
burn was— not just in "Tiffany's" 
but in EVERY movie she ever 

Audrey had a chic, sassy and 
classy look about her that I wish I 
could capture in my own life. 

Have you noticed how tailored 
trench coats and oversized sun- 
glasses have suddenly become 
popular? Of course you have! 

They're everywhere! 

Well, styles like these are 
inspired by silver-screen goddesses 
just like Audrey Hepburn, or my 
other favorite — Raquel Welch (my 
namesake, by the way!). 

"Classic Chic," as I like to call it, 
takes the right type of attitude to 
pull off. It takes a lot of self-confi- 
dence, a lot of self-control and a lot 
of hair spray. 

As my friends are sitting here 
next to me, I hear them discussing 
how to pull this look off swim- 
mingly: you must feel like you are 
the movie star. No, you must BE 
the movie star. 

Think simplicity. Think elegance. 
Think sophistication. 

True simplicity, elegance and 
sophistication come from within. It 
doesn't come out of thin air — and it 
can't be taught. 

It seems that in our day and time, 

true beauty is covered by the blind- 
ing reflections of light in all the glit- 
ter and glitz of sequins and 
metallics. Everything nowadays is 
about going over the top — pushing 
the limit to see what reactions can 
come from it. 

To get this look, try a completely 
subdued outfit with one major 
accessory. The ensemble can be a 
great print dress with simple ear- 
rings and heels or it can be a chic 
black leotard with black kitten 
heels and a really great poncho and 

Try an outfit that screams "You!" 
and not "This is what I'm wearing! 
Look at it!" 

To bring out the movie star in 
you, walk tall and think beautiful 
thoughts. Then put on those over- 
sized Chanel shades and enjoy 
being elegant and sophisticated — 
for life. 

By Andi Bass 

Sauce Reporter 

How many times have you 
found yourself complaining that 
there is nothing to do in this town 
or that you are too broke to do 
anything fun? 

Try attending one of the many 
free activities offered on campus. 
For instance, this week "March 
Tale," a theatre production, will be 
performed in A.A. Fredericks Fine 
Arts Center for Creative and Per- 
forming Arts. 

"March Tale is a show about the 
lives of William Shakespeare and 
Queen Elizabeth [of England] and 
how they correspond with each 
other," said senior theatre major 
Jacob Justice, who plays the master 

Like many of you, I had less 
than wonderful experiences read- 
ing "Hamlet" and "Romeo and 
Juliet" in high school and I was 
skeptical when I heard this play 
was about Shakespeare. 

This past week, though, I had 
the opportunity to attend a dress 
rehearsal and was pleasantly sur- 

The play involves Shakespeare 
but was not written by him, so 
don't let your possible past diffi- 
culties with Shakespeare turn you 

"They have taken a Shakespeare 
Elizabethan-style play and have 
written it in more modern terms," 
Justice said. They "take a look at 
what life could have been like at 
the time. It's a comedy of errors." 

I quickly realized this produc- 
tion was reality television, Eliza- 

Addictions studies major Rob 
Robinson plays a quirky character 
that could easily be compared to a 
male version of Jessica Simpson 
while his wife questions Shake- 
speare as to his loyalty and an old 
employee calls Shakespeare every- 
thing from "Lackspear" to "Shake- 

The play has some good come- 

back lines such as Shakespeare's 
"You've done more mounting than 
a royal cavalry," which would like- 
ly dumbfound the person it was 
directed at if used today. 

The cast had good chemistry 
both on and off-stage, staying in 
character and cracking jokes 
throughout their interviews. 

The amount of work they put 
into this production is no laughing 
matter, though, having worked 
three hours a day for a little over a 

Senior theatre major Kent Jude 
Bernard said "I do a lot of shows 
over here and so I get to see a lot of 
people on stage, and we have a 
really good cast here and a great 

This week, instead of watching 
"The Apprentice" and "Real 
World" reruns while complaining 
that there is nothing to do, take a 
look at Shakespeare's life through 
the eyes of Tim Slover in the 
schools' production of his play 
"March Tale." 




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Opinions Editor 




There was a young man from Nantucket 

By Raymond Billy Jr 

Opinions Editor 

Apparently Generation Y is less per- 
missive than I thought. 

A recent survey conducted by the 
American Association of University 
Women finds that 53 percent of all col- 
lege students have been subject to sex- 
ual jokes, gestures or looks. Seventy 
percent of women and 40 percent of 
men said they "would be somewhat or 
very upset" to be on the receiving end 
of such incidents. 

The only surprise here is the high 

Eercentage of men who claimed lewd 
umor rubs them wrong way. How 
obscene would a sexual joke or gesture 
have to be to offend the average guy? I 
may be incorrect in assuming that 6ob 

Jones University did not participate in 
this survey, but, I doubt it. 

Of course, these days the assumption 
that men are barbarians and women 
are prim and proper would seem to be 
a stretch as well, since the culture is 
constantly telling women that sexuality 
is their greatest asset, not their minds 
or their talents; unless you consider sex 
appeal a talent. 

Aside from that, the fact that so 
manv people feel they have been vio- 
lated by their fellow man indicates yet 
another level of the culture war that is 
brewing in America. No, not the cul- 
ture war that Bill O'Reilly likes to talk 
about. This war has nothing to do with 
abstinence education, opposition to 
gay marriage, or the abortion contro- 
versy. I am talking about the war 
against common decency, dignity and 

A few months ago, a friend of mine 
complained that she had been embar- 
rassed by a suggestive statement made 
by a customer at a local restaurant 
where she waitresses. She said she told 

the man off and walked away puzzled 
as to why the jerk thought that it would 
be appropriate to make such a com- 

I told her that the harasser was prob- 
ably surprised by her reaction. It likely 
never would have occurred to him that 
a woman would actually be offended 
by what, in his mind, was probably 
nothing more than a playful remark, 
not that such knowledge would have 
deterred him. 

The numbers support my assump- 
tion. The AAUW survey also found 
that 51 percent of men and 31 percent 
of women had harassed someone. Of 
that group, 59 percent said they did so 
because they thought it would be 

The odd thing about these numbers 
is that this is a generation that prides 
itself on tolerance. But, while people 
are tolerant of others of different racial 
backgrounds and sexual orientations, 
they are not very tolerant or consider- 
ate of people with different sensibili- 

I'm always amazed by the topics 
people are willing to discuss outside 
the privacy of their homes. There are 
people who will sit in public places, 
with complete strangers in earshot, and 
talk about a range of sexual topics 
without a second thought to the fact 
that others may not want to hear their 

Okay, so Mom always warned 
against talking about politics or reli- 
gion at the dinner table; she never men- 
tioned anything about sex. However, 
my guess is that many of the same peo- 
ple who would brand you a prude for 
not wanting to hear sexually charged 
conversations are the same people who 
would scurry like roaches from a well- 
lit kitchen if you dared to talk about 
your political or religious beliefs in 
their company. 

Upon reading this column, I'm sure 
that many will say 'It's just sex. It's a 
part of lite; deal with it." But, this type 
of reaction only proves my point. Peo- 
ple seem to believe that if something 
doesn't bother them, it's okay. If it 

brothers someone else, that's the 
offended parry's problem. 

I believe that we should all care if 
people are adversely affected by our 
actions, even if we meant no harm. 

The AAUW survey found that more 
than 50 percent of women and 33 per- 
cent of men say they felt self-conscious 
or embarrassed as a result of what 
many would see as harmless humor. 
Also, 35 percent of the women and 16 
percent of the men said the experiences 
shook their self-confidence. 

If people want to sit around telling 
risque jokes, I really couldn't care less, 
to be nonest. I just have two small 
requests: first, don't direct your sexual 
humors toward someone unless you 
know for certain that they will find it 
funny. Second, if you are in a public set- 
ting -particularly a dinning area- 
understand that some people may not 
want to hear about your drunken orgy. 

Raymond Billy, Jr. is a political sci- 
ence major 

Brother Aaron has a word to share 

By Aaron Pizani 

Sauce columnist 

Consider this an open letter to evan- 
gelical Christians. 

I know what you're thinking already. 
No, this is not a bitter article about how 
you're wrong or how you're crazy. I 
love you guys, really I do. I want to 
help you guys out with spreading your 

I'm not a Christian, so consider this 
constructive criticism. 

The best way to spread "The Word" 
is to stop. Trust me on this. Stop going 
out, approaching random people and 
throwing Christian jargon at them. It 
just doesn't work. In fact, the entire 
concept of "witnessing" to others, as 

you know it, is completely ineffective 
and just downright annoying. 

Also, telling people that they are 
going to hell isn t effective either. It's 
called "The Good News" for a reason. 
Unless you're mildly sadistic, burning 
in a fire that never quite consumes your 
soul completely, but just enough to 
cause pain for eternity, isn't exactly 
good news. 

A lot of people won't like this one. 
Stop altar calls. Think about it: you are 
in the church, everyone is emotional, 
and the music is helping it along. The 
preacher has just reminded you that 
you are a desperate human being 
whose life is in shambles and your soul 
is lost. 

You're completely unworthy of any 
grace from God, but there's one way to 
get out: Jesus. Of course in this emo- 
tional atmosphere you are going to 
march right up to the altar and submit 
yourself to God. Then you go home 
and go to sleep. You wake up the next 

morning, the music isn't playing any- 
more, maybe you still had a bad day or 
maybe things didn't miraculously turn 
around in your favor. The faith was 
dead in the water because God didn't 
live up to his advertising. 

Maybe I'm exaggerating when I say 
that this happens overnight, but it does 
happen. It happens over the course of a 
week, a year or a few years. 

Yes, the Christian ranks in America 
are growing. Yes, thousands of people 
all over the country are flocking to 
revivals and churches and are getting 
"saved" in masses. Don't give all those 
points to Jesus, yet, though. I have a 
prediction that Christians should pay 
close attention to. 

I predict that in a decade, or maybe 
two, the Christian church in America 
will collapse on itself. All the people 
who took those altar calls and got 
saved in a moment are going to drop 
out. That's what happens when you 
try to mass-produce salvation. 

Over time, when the music isn't play- 
ing, the emotion isn't high, and the 
preacher isn't there with his powerful 
rhetoric, people get disillusioned and 
search for something else to give them 
that spiritual high. 

So, just for some fun, let's pretend 
that I'm a Christian. "How would you 
do it, Pizani?" Well I'll tell you, thanks 
for asking. 

First, I would just be Christian. 
That's all. I'd live my life by my values 
and my faith. I'd cultivate that faith 
and that very personal relationship 
with God. I'd realize that, even though 
I am a Christian, I'm still subject to how 
the world works. I'd realize that I'll 
have a bad day and a good day but still 
be a Christian on both days. My 
prayers would be an active conversa- 
tion with God, not like I'm writing him 
a memo or a letter to Santa Claus: 
"Dear God, this, dear God, that." 

I'd also question my faith constantly. 
I would research and gain as much 

information as I can about other faiths 
and religions. If I'm going to believe in 
something, I want to know what I don't 
believe and I want to know why. 

Did you notice something about 
what all Ijust said? My way of spread- 
ing the "Good News" isn't about other 
people. It's about me. Once I'm strong 
and knowledgeable in my faith, the 
natural byproduct is that I've become a 

Peaceful, nappy and satisfied person, 
hen people would wonder what I 
have that makes me so different, and I 
would tell them. 

However, I'm not even a Christian. 
What do I know? I seem to be going 
against my own interest in helping you 
spread your faith when I disagree with 
it. It just pains me to see so many peo- 
ple with such good intentions spread 
their ideas so ineffectively. 

Aaron Pizani is a history Major. 

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Softball season in gear 

Lady Demons defeat LA Tech, 21-1; set to face Baylor on Sunday 

Courtesy of Sports 

NSU's Amanda Glenn tossed a 
2-hit complete game as the 
Demons defeated Louisiana Tech 
11-1 in six inning in college softball 

Glenn (2-1) threw six innings 
allowing one run on just two hits 
while striking out eight, as the 
game was called with one out in 
the sixth inning after the Demons 
crossed four runs to apply the 
mercy rule. 

"Our bats started a little slow 
tonight," said head coach Becky 
McMurty, "but they came on 
strong later. I was really pleased 
with the efforts and how we con- 
tinued to build on our momentum 
without letting up throughout the 

The win improves the Demons 

to 3-2 on the season while 
Louisiana Tech falls to 2-5. 

NSU totaled nine hits with 
Kristen Lindley and Kelly Corliss 
each collecting two hits. Corliss 
added a double and a run batted in 
while Margaret Patterson finished 
the night 1 for 3 with a double and 
three RBI. 

The Demons scored a run in 
each the first and second innings to 
take a 2-0 lead. Tech added its only 
run in the top of the third to cut the 
lead to 2-1 but NSU answered with 
a three-run third sparked by back- 
to-back hits by Lindley and Corliss 
and fueld by four Louisiana Tech 

NSU added two more runs in 
the fifth on an RBI single by Sarina 
Noack and a run-scoring grounder 
by Lyndsey Gorski to put the 
Demons up 7-1. 

In the Demon sixth, Corliss led- 
off the inning with a double and 

advanced to third on a single up 
the middle by Michelle Castellano. 
After Jamiee Stinson reached first 
with one out by being hit by a pitch 
to load the bases, Amanda Perdue 
walked to score Corliss and make 
it 8-1 in favor of the Demons. 

Patterson followed with a base- 
clearing, game-winning double to 
complete the scoring. 

The Demons will return to 
action on Friday when they take 
part in the Marriot Houston Hobby 
Tournament where they'll play 
Samford at 9 a.m. followed by a 1 
o'clock game against Texas A&M- 
Corpus Christi. 

Saturday's schedule begins with 
a 3 p.m. contest against Sam Hous- 
ton State followed by a 7 p.m. 
game against the host team, Hous- 
ton. The Demons will wrap up the 
tournament with an 11 a.m. game 
against Baylor on Sunday. 


Lady Demons Softball 

Mar. 6 - ULL, 5 p.m. 
Mar. 6 - ULL, 7 p.m. 
Mar. 11 - Texas San-Antonio, 3 p.m. 
Mar. 11 - Texas San-Antonio, 1 p.m. 
Mar. 12 - Texas San-Antonio, 1 p.m. 
Mar. 18 - Texas-Arlington, 1 p.m. 
Mar. 18 - Texas-Arlington, 3 p.m. 
Mar. 19 - Texas-Arlington, 1 p.m. 
Apr. 5 - Centenary, 6 p.m. 

Dates and times of remaining home games 

• Apr. 14 - McNeese State, 4 p.m. 

• Apr. 14 - McNeese State, 6 p.m. 

• Apr. 15 - McNeese State, 12 p.m. 

• Apr. 18 - Southern, 4 p.m. 

• Apr. 22 - Southestern La., 4 p.m. 

• Apr. 22 - Southeastern La., 6 p.m. 

• Apr. 23 - Southeastern La., 1 p.m. 

• Apr. 24 - Northern Colorado, 9:30 a.m. 

• Apr. 24 - Northern Colorado, 11:30 


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Lady Demons pitcher Amanda Glenn tossed a two-hit complete game yesterday 
against Louisiana Tech. Demons won 11-1, and will play against Baylor on Sunday. 

Lady Demons receive new coach pre-season 

By David Dinsmore 

Sauce Reporter 

The NSU softball team began their season 
Saturday with a 6-0 win over South Dakota 
State with one very notable absence: Jeff Dab- 
ney, the man hired in the summer of 2005 to 
serve as head coach this season. 

"What makes this situation unorthodox is 
that there hasn't been any games played," 
Athletic Director Greg Burke said. 

Athletics officials were not specific about 
the reasons for Dabney's departure. 

Burke said the decision of Dabney's exit 
was difficult, but necessary. Dabney report- 

Demons defeat 
Mavericks 82-79 

edly departed in mid-January, but his tenure 
will officially end Feb. 28. 

Throughout fall 2005, Burke said the envi- 
ronment of the program was not as positive 
as he wanted. Without elaboration, Burke 
said that standards that he wished to see ful- 
filled within the program were not being 
accomplished under Dabney. 

One softball player declined to comment, 
stating that this was the general consensus of 
the team. 

The program is heading in a new, more 
positive direction under the interim coach, 
Becky McMurtry, Burke said. McMurtry was 
hired by Dabney to serve as his assistant 

"You're going to hear a lot of rumors when 
things like this happen," Doug Ireland, exec- 
utive director of the Louisiana Sports Hall of 
Fame, said "There's not going to be anything 
said by the university administration, or the 
Athletic Department. Simply, the gentleman 
is no longer coaching our program, and 
we're moving in a positive direction." 

McMurtry, a three-time Ail-American 
comes out of the University of Louisiana- 
Lafayette with an education degree, accord- 
ing to the NSU Athletics Department web- 
site, She played profession- 
ally in 2004 in the National Pro Fastpitch 

League for the Akron Racers. McMurtry 
came to NSU after coaching at Lafayette 
High School during the 2004-2005 season. 

According to, Dabney 
was hired after the July departure of the pre- 
vious coach, Mike Perniciaro. Dabney's pre- 
vious coaching position was at Neosho 
County Community College in Kansas 
where he led his team to win the NJCCA 
Region 6 championship in 2004. 

In December 2005, while at NSU, Dabney 
received an Eastern Victory Club Award. 
According to, it was pre- 
sented to him in recognition of his 200th 
career win while coaching at Neosho. 

Grambling falls to Demons 

By Kristi George 

Sauce Reporter 

The NSU Demons fought their 
way back from a 14 point deficit 
against the UT-Arlington Maver- 
icks last Thursday to further 
extend their lead in the Southland 
Conference standings. 

The Demons escaped the nail 
biter with an 82-79 win and 
improved their record to 16-6 (9-1). 
More than 2,000 fans were in 
Prather Coliseum to cheer on the 
Demons helping keep their perfect 
record at home this season intact. 
Although the fans were involved, 
Demon head coach Mike 
McConathy said the team could 
have done more. "We didn't do 
anything to get the fans as 
involved as we should have", said 

"The fans are what get us 
going. As long as the fans here we 
are going to play as hard as we 
can.", said NSU forward Jermaine 

UTA had their eyes on an 
upset as they entered the Colise- 
um. NSU guard Tyronn Mitchell 
said, "Last time we beat them by 
12 at their place. They came ready 
to play." 

NSU fell into a 10 point deficit 
early in the game and the Maver- 
icks lead was extended to 14 
points on a dunk by Steven 
Thomas. McConathy said, "In 
spots we played very well. Our 
concentration level on defense 
from the 17 min mark to the 7 min 
mark in the 1st half was not very 

good." NSU fought back to within 
6 points at halftime. The score was 
43-36 in favor of UTA. 

The 2nd half was charac- 
terized by ties and lead changes. 
The Demons started the 2nd half 
on a 16-2 run thanks to Clifton Lee 
and a dunk by Byron Allen that 
ignited the fans. After the crowd 
returned in the game, both teams 
traded baskets until the last few 
seconds when Mitchell hit 2 free 
throws to give NSU an 81-77 
advantage. UTA's Brandon Long 
scored a quick lay-up and Jarrett 
Howell fouled Mitchell with 10 
seconds remaining in the game. 
Mitchell hit only one of his free 
throws which allowed UTA one 
more shot attempt to tie the game. 
Brady Dawkins 3 point attempt 
missed at the buzzer. 

McConathy said, "They shot 
the ball well. We just played very 
uninspired." UTA shot 51% (25-49) 
from the field, but made costly 
turnovers to keep the Demons 
close. NSU scored 29 points off of 

Clifton Lee led the Demons 
with 18 points and added 9 
rebounds and 3 blocks. Tyronn 
Mitchell had 13 points and 5 
assists. Byron Allen also added 13 
points and 8 rebounds. 

The Demons are at the top of 
the Southland Conference stand- 
ings. McConathy said, "We need 
to keep winning to continue creat- 
ing space between us and the rest 
of the league." 

The Demons are back in 
action tonight against 8-14 (4-7) 
Nicholls State in Thibodaux. 

Courtesy of Sports 

NSU got another grand pitching 
performance last night, striking 
out a school record-tying 15 batters 
as the Demons beat Grambling 9-2. 

The win gives NSU (1-3) its first 
of the season while Grambling (0- 
4) remains winless. 

"I thought our pitching was out- 
standing," said head coach Mitch 
Gaspard. "(Starting pitcher Heath) 
Henning was really good out 

Hennigan (1-0), a freshman from 
Pineville, earned the win after 
throwing four innings allowing 
just two hits while striking out 

Five other Demon pitchers 

entered the game in relief, giving 
up a combined two runs on four 
hits with seven strikeouts. Junior 
transfer student Johnnie Santange- 
lo struck out three of the four bat- 
ters he faced. 

"We're in a little bit of a funk on 
the offensive side," said Gaspard, 
"but they always say 'as long as 
you pitch and play defense, you'll 
be in every game'." 

For the second straight game, the 
Demons did not commit an error. 

Second baseman Brandon Mor- 
gan led NSU's eight-hit attack by 
going 3 for 4 from the plate while 
Michael Palermo was 1 for 2 with 
three runs scored, a double and a 
run batted in. 

Grambling's Byron Banks (0-1) 
suffered the loss after throwing 2.2 

innings allowing two runs on one 
hit with three walks and three 

NSU led just 2-0 through four 
innings but plated seven runs in 
the bottom of the fifth to blow the 
game open. 

"There are some things we need 
to work on with the offense, but 
it'll come around," said Gaspard. 
"I'm very happy with our pitching 
right now. We still have some great 
arms on the bench that hasn't seen 
any action yet." 

The Demons will return to action 
on Friday when they open a three- 
game home series against Ten- 
nessee-Martin with the first pitch 
scheduled for 3 p.m. 



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Lady Demons face Lady 
Colonels Tonight 

The Lady Demon basketball 
team returns home tonight with 
a chance to put an end to one 
streak while setting a milestone 
in the process when they take on 
Nicholls State at 6:30 in South- 
land Conference action. 

The Lady Demons (10-11, 3-7 
in the SLC) hope to be at the end 
of a six-game losing streak, the 
team's longest slide since the 
1979-80 season. 

"We've had some really good 
practices preparing for Nicholls 
State," said head coach Jennifer 
Graf. "We just need to make sure 
we get out of the gate fast and 
not drop our heads when we 
miss a shot. That's been the 
biggest problems lately." 

A win would notch NSU's 
600th all-time victory in the 
team's 32-year history, making it 
just the 37th team in NCAA his- 
tory to record such a feat. 

"That would be really special," 
said Graf. "We play four of our 
last six at home, so who knows 
what will happen in those 

Nicholls State, however, will 
put up a tough challenge for the 
Lady Demons. 

"They have some very good 
athletes," said Graf. "The score 
won't get out of hand either way. 
It'll probably come down to the 

The Lady Colonels (4-18, 3-8), 
who trail the Lady Demons by 
just a half-game in the league 
standings for the eighth and final 
spot in the postseason tourna- 
ment, is coming off the shocker 
of the season when they defeated 
then-first place Stephen F. 
Austin, 68-67 last Saturday. 

Following Thursday's game, 
Northwestern State will host 
Southeastern Louisiana at 2 on 

NSU track prepares for 
SLC Championship 

Winning the men's 4x400 
meter relay race highlighted 
NSU's participation in the Feb. 4 
Houston Indoor Invitational 
track and field meet. 

The competition was NSU's 
final action before this weekend's 
Southland Conference Indoor 
Championships to be held in the 
same venue, the Bill Yeoman 
Fieldhouse at the University of 

The Demons' relay team ran a 
3:19.00, not a season-best, to edge 
Prairie View (3:19.31) and Hous- 
ton (3:19.88). The win was the 
best of 12 top 10 finishes by 
Northwestern competitors. 

Marcus Pitre gave NSU a sec- 
ond-place 48.46 clocking in the 
men's 400, trailing only Carey 
LaCour of Houston, who ran 
47.57 to win. 

The Lady Demons' distance 
medley relay unit ran third in 
12:38.63, trailing Houston and 
Rice and improving on their 
SLC-best time this season. 

Demons freshman Terry Long 
took third in the high jump 
clearing 6-8. Teammate Derrion 
Harris was eighth with a 6-6 
clearance. Long was also fifth in 
the men's triple jump (46-10, 
third best by an SLC competitor 
this season). 

Daniel Yarbrough gave NSU 
sixth place in the men's weight 
throw (53-10 1/4). 

Ravyn Hayward finished sev- 
enth in the men's 60 meter dash 
in 6.86, while Marcus Gatlin was 
eighth in the 200 (22.13, the sixth- 
fastest time in the SLC this year). 

Cassandra Krell cleared 5-4 
1/4 for eighth in the women's 
high jump. Tameshia Miller was 
ninth in the women's 60 meter 
hurdles in 8.65. Shanae Steward 
was ninth in the women's triple 
jump (37-8 1 / 2, a season best). 


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ators will be walking in front of the Student Union, Iberville 
Dining Hall and other places. 

The next SGA Ballroom meeting will be on March 13 at 
7p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. 

The Liberty vs. Security Debate on the Patriot Act will be on 
March 15 at 7p.m. in the A.A. Frederick's center for Creative 
and Performing Arts. Questions may be presubmitted to 
Aaron Pitre 

SGA general meetings are held on Mondays at 7p.m. in the 
Cane River Room of the Student Union. 

Free trip through NSU Express 

NSU Express is giving students a chance to win a free vaca- 
tion for two, to either New York, San Francisco, Cancun or the 

Each vacation package offers free round-trip airfare, a four- 
night hotel stay and sightseeing for two. 

The first step is to attend NSU Express events. The events 
are free and will be held during one week out of each month 
this semester. 

There will be a registration table at each event where stu- 
dents can register. 

Yonna Pasch, assistant director of student activities, is hop- 
ing that the free trip will encourage students attend the NSU 
Express events. 

"All of the programs are free, the main goal is to get stu- 
dents involved," Pasch said. 

Jeffery Mathews, director of student activities and organi- 
zations, wants students to enjoy their time here at NSU. 

"There is a myth that nothing goes on in Natchitoches, but 
there is plenty happening on our campus, Just come to the 
Student Union," Mathews said. 

Students pay fees for these types of incentives. 

"Students need to be aware that this is their money, and 
they should take advantage of it," Mathews said. 

NSU sophomore Brittney Dixon said, "I enjoy attending 
events on our campus, so the chance to win a trip is an added 

Jamie Broussard 
Operation Photo Rescue 

Operation Photo Rescue is an organization whose purpose 
is to restore photographs damaged during the hurricanes. 
The organization offers this service for free. 

Freelance photographers, photo editors and people profi- 
cient in photo restoration are offering their help. To volun- 
teer, send an e-mail to and to have 
a photo restored, send an email to 

NSU jazzes it up in the Student 
Union during Big Easy Week 

By Lacie Jackson 

Sauce Reporter 

The first "Jazzing it Up" 
was held on Tuesday during 
Big Easy Week. 

Students filled the lobby to 
hear the sounds of the Dixie 
Land Jazz Combo. 

Steve Wells, the band's 
lead singer, said, "When I 
heard that this was a Mardi 
Gras event, I got all the big 
guns together and we came 
on over." 

The band featured all the 
instruments of a traditional 
New Orleans Jazz band: 

banjo, clarinet, slide trom- 
bone, trumpet, drum set and 

Students sat at tables and 
ate red beans and rice while 
they listened to the band. 

Members of the faculty and 
staff came out to participate 
as well. 

Jeff Mathews, director of 
Student Activities and Orga- 
nizations, said, "I've never 
seen so many members of our 
faculty in one room." 

Participants were asked to 
bring one Mardi Gras mask 
supply item, which will be 
donated to the Cane River 

Girls Home. 

Students and sponsors 
from campus organizations 
will be at the Girls Home 
from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today to 
help assist with the Mardi 
Gras mask service project. 

They will help the girls 
there make masks. 

Chris Reich/the Currrent Sauce 

Dave Hardin, a member of the Dixie Land Jazz Combo, on trumpet plays Monday afternoon during "Jazzing it up." Department of Journalism secretary Dootsie McNeely and Execu- 
tive Assistant to the President Robert Crew dance in the background. Crew also cameoed as the drummer for the band during one song. 

Next stop on the NSU Express: 
Diversity University Week 

By Brittany Byrd 

Sauce Reporter 

Diversity University Week 
will roll in on the NSU 
Express March 6 through 9. 
The motto for Diversity Uni- 
versity is "Building a Better 
U- University, Unity and 

Jeff Mathews, director of 
student activities and organi- 
zations said, "Diversity week 
is an opportunity to present 
to the students how diverse 
our school and the world real- 
ly are through both educa- 
tional and recreational 

Every morning during 
diversity week, students can 
stop by the student union 
between 9a.m. and lla.m and 
enjoy free coffee and pastries 
at an event called the F.Y L 
Coffee Shop. Students will be 
able to check out diversity 
information about NSU dis- 
played on maps and posters. 

On Monday, there will be a 
Diversity Expo from 
lOa.m.and 2p.m. in the lobby 
of the Student Union. There 
will be cultural exhibits dis- 
played by diverse groups on 

June Chauvin, public rela- 
tions and advertising officer 
for the Student Activities 
Board said, "We hope to get a 
diverse audience together for 
our events, and we hope that 
the events planned will 
appeal to all of the different 
groups on campus." 

Groups wishing to partici- 
pate and must register by 
March 3. 

At the Student 
Union ballroom, the Mayhem 
Poets, a diverse group of slam 
poets with a message, will 

Tuesday will be full of 
diversity activities. There will 
be two educational work- 
shops focusing on ethnicity 
and women's studies in the 

Student Union lobby. The 
times will be announced at a 
later date. 

At 7:30p.m. there will be 
musical one-woman show 
called "Ain't I a Woman!" in 
the A.A. Fredericks Fine Arts 

The play will celebrate the 
life and times of four power- 
ful African American women: 
Sojourner Truth, Zora Neale 
Hurston, Clementine Hunter, 
and Fannie Lou Hamer. 

On Wednesday, after enjoy- 
ing your coffee, you can par- 
ticipate in the Disability 
Amazing Race & Disability 
Simulations, which is spon- 
sored by disability services. 

From lla.m. to 
the Student Union Ballroom, 
stations will be set up to sim- 
ulate physical, sensory and 
learning disability conditions. 

At the Student 
Union Ballroom, Eddie Fran- 
cis the keynote speaker for 
the week, will speak about 

traditionally African-Ameri- 
can fraternities and sororities. 

After the keynote speaker, 
students can participate in 
Diversity Bingo in the ball- 
room. Light refreshments will 
be served and students will 
have the chance to win prizes. 

The NSU Baptist Collegiate 
Ministries is sponsoring an 
event at 9p.m. in the Student 
Union Alley. There will be a 
forum on the "Tenets of Our 
Faith," and different world 
religions will share the core 
beliefs of their faith. 

On Thursday, the Louisiana 
Scholars' College will host a 
foreign film festival in Morri- 
son Hall. The time will be 
announced at a later date. 

For NSU faculty members, 
there will be two sessions pro- 
viding information about 
providing accommodations 
to students with disabilities. 

David Sweeney of Texas 
A&M University will speak 
from 1:30p.m. to 2:30 p.m.and 

from 2:30p.m. to 3:30p.m. The 
location will be announced at 
a later time. 

Keynote speaker Roxann 
Johnson will speak at 3p.m. as 
part of the journalism depart- 
ment's spring NewsMakers 
and Shakers Open Forum. 

Mary Brocato, assistant 
journalism professor who 
coordinates the newsmakers 
and shakers forums said, 
"Roxann Johnson is a superb 
speaker for the newsmakers 
and shakers forum. Her speck 
will be one that both faculty 
and staff can learn from." 

The theme of her speech 
will be eliminating racism 
and empowering women. 
The forum will be held in the 
Ora G. Williams TV Studio 
Kyser 142. 

At 7:30p.m. in the Student 
Union Alley, there will be a 
Diversity Trivia Game Show. 

"If s going to be the big, fun 
blowout at the end of the 
week," Mathews said. 



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Organizational Relief Fund to assist with 
traveling costs for campus organizations 

NSU Police Blotter 

By David Dinsmore 

Sauce Reporter 

Organizations planning to hit the 
road can now find help with 
expenses from the Organizational 
Relief Fund, a budget designed to 
assist with traveling costs of aca- 
demic or professional organization- 
al trips. 

Shantel Wempren, vice president 
of the Student Government Associ- 
ation and the chairwoman for the 
Organizational Relief Fund, said, 
"It is a student self-assessed fee." 
Wempren said, "Each student pays 
five dollars each semester." 

Wempren said the money goes 
into a $25,000 fund. Organizations 
can then submit applications in 
order to receive help with their 
travel expenses. 

The application itself states the 
funds are generally to be used by 
organizations for "traasportation, 
lodging, and registration." 

According to the Organizational 
Relief Fund's legislation, the 
money will be distributed to "only 
University Recognized Student 
Organizations and Organizations 

sponsored by University Depart- 

Organizations can only apply to 
the Organizational Relief Fund 
once every academic year. 

The organizations are also 
responsible for raising 30 percent of 
their own travel funds. 

According to the legislation 
"organizations that receive more 
than half of their budget from 
fund-raising shall have highest pri- 

In addition, everyone traveling 
with the organization must pay the 
Organizational Relief Fund self- 
assessed fee for that semester. 

The only exception is for those 
requesting money for summer 
trips, in that all members must 
have paid the fee during the previ- 
ous spring. 

Applications for summer travel 
reimbursement should be submit- 
ted in the spring preceding the trip. 

"We usually try to get applica- 
tions passed before they go on a 
trip rather than when they come 
back," Wempren said, "but there's 
nothing in the original legislation 
that says that we can't pass after 

they come back." 

The money not spent during a 
semester rolls into the next, Wem- 
pren said. 

She said she does not think there 
will be much to roll over after this 

"We want to fund as many of 
these trips as we possibly can," 
Wempren said. 

She said the inspiration for the 
budget came from a program that 
exists at Louisiana State University. 

The Organizational Relief Fund 
passed its legislation in spring 2005 
at NSU. 

"After it was passed, it took a lit- 
tle while to get it through the sys- 
tem," Wempren said. 

This semester is the first in which 
the budget is available because this 
is the first semester in which the fee 
was assessed. 

The legislation also created the 
Organizational Relief Fund Com- 
mittee, which is made up of ten 
members The committee members 
must meet certain criteria put forth 
by the SGA. 

The SGA vice president serves as 
Organizational Relief Fund Com- 

mittee chairperson while the SGA 
Treasurer serves as the committee 
vice-chair person. 

The committee must also include 
two of the SGA senators and two 
students who are not members of 
any organization that receive stu- 
dent-assessed funds. 

These are to be nominated by the 
chairperson and approved by the 

A Student Activities Board repre- 
sentative, selected by SAB, also 
serves on the committee, along 
with two faculty members and an 
ex-officio member, who does not 

At the committee's first meeting, 
Wempren said they approved four 
organizations to receive funds: 
Alpha Sigma Alpha was approved 
for $767, SGA, $1800, Phi Mu 
Alpha, $200, and the Trombone 
Studio, $989. 

The committee's next meeting 
will be March 17 at 11 a.m. 

Applications for summer trips 
should be submitted in time for the 
last meeting of the semester, which 
is tentatively scheduled for April 


1:53 p.m. 

A female student at the University 
Columns called to report a man who 
refused to leave her apartment. The 
man was gone when the police 

2:17 p.m. * 

The police returned to the Columns 
to escort the man off campus and told 
him to never return to campus. 



Fund Committee Members: 

• Shantel Wempren- Chairwoman of the Organizational Relief Fund 

• Ifrah Jamil- Vice-Chairwoman of the Organizational Relief Fund 

• Shayne Creppel- SGA senator 

• Ronnie Cupit - SGA senator 

• Anna Breaux- Student not involved in any student-assessed funded 

•Bridgett Guin- Student not involved in any student-assessed funded 

•Brandon Tipton- SAB representative 
•Alexis Aichinger- Faculty member 
•Darrell Fry- Faculty member 
•Yonna Pasch- Ex-officio member 

2:21 a.m. 

A Sabine Hall resident called to say 
her boyfriend was involved in a theft 
in progress. Police arrived and told 
the man to leave campus. 

12:19 p.m. 

Two boys from the ninth grade cen- 
ter were reported to have run away. 
The boys were seen behind the 
Louisiana School for Math, Science 
and the Arts. The University Book- 
store also reported the two boys "run- 
ning fast" in the area. 

12:59 p.m. 

The two boys were caught and taken 
back to the ninth grade center. How- 
ever, they are on probation and were 
sent to the Natchitoches Police 


4:15 p.m. 

An employee of Century Campus 
Housing Management called to say 
that another worker refused to return 
a DIRECTV® Box. 

7:08 p.m. 

The electricity was reported out at i 
the University Columns and Universj 
ty Place. Power was restored but weq 
out again. There were two reports of \ 
people screaming when the electricihj 
went out, but police observations con, 
firmed that no one was in troul le. 

8:48 p.m. 

Power is finally restored. 


9:40 a.m. 

Brown's Security called the Universj 
ty Police Department to report that J 
the People's State Bank ATM was in! 
distress. However, an officer was 
already at the ATM with bank 
employees who were working on the 


1:59 a.m. 

A student was reported to have falk 
en in his car with his music playing 
too loudly. The student told police he 
was waiting on a friend when he fell- 


11:27 a.m. 

A complaint was made from the Uni 
versify Columns about a suspicious, 
person. Police told the person not to 
come back or the person will be 

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New theology course to be offered at Holy Cross Church 

By Willie Valrie 

Sauce Reporter 

James Sawyer, assistant campus 
minister of Holy Cross Catholic 
Church, will be offering a new the- 
ology class. 

The class is offered as part of a 
four-year curriculum. It covers 

basic teachings of the Catholic faith 
including the trinity, the creation, 
the fall of man and original sin. 

"The whole aim is to give stu- 
dents a better background on our 
faith and speak the truth about 
faith and other faiths that broke 
away from our church," Sawyer 

Sawyer said that towards the 
end, the class focuses more on sal- 
vation and the history of God mak- 
ing himself known to man. 

"If s all about redemption, and 
if s a great adventure in this life 
coming to know God better," 
Sawyer said. 

One of the aspects of the 

Catholic faith that will be men- 
tioned in the course is the Holy 
Eucharist, which is what Catholics 
call the offering of Christ giving his 
own body back to the Father. 

"This goes on in every Catholic 
church," Sawyer said. 

"It's intended to inform stu- 
dents well in their faith and help 

them to lead a more Christian lifej 
he said. 

The class will be offered Suj 
days at 6:15 p.m. after the last maa 

For more information on: jl 
class, contact James Sawyer at 318 
332-0156 or the main office of Ho|] 
Cross Catholic Church at 318-33 

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NSU Night 

Students & Faculty 
bring your NSU ID 

High school seniors take a peek at nursing program 

By Leigh Gentry 

Sauce Reporter 

The NSU College of Nursing 
Education Center in Shreveport 
held a College Night program on 
Feb. 16 to give high school seniors 
information about the nursing and 

radiological technology programs 
offered at NSU. 

Students from Bossier, Caddo, 
Claiborne, DeSoto, Lincoln, Natchi- 
toches, Red River, Sabine and Web- 
ster parishes were invited to see the 

Speakers included Laura Aaron, 

director radiological technology 
carter and Shirley Cashio, the 
Director of Undergraduate Stu- 
dents Shirley Cashio, who talked 
about the college's nursing pro- 

Brenda Webb brought greetings 
from NSU President Randall Webb. 

April Jordan, assistant director of 
high school relations, spoke about 
admissions standards. 

The student government officers 
showed the high school students 
around the NSU-Shreveport cam- 
pus and allowed time for one-on- 
one conversations and questions. 

Debbie Moore, the directorj 
student services, said, "We had 
really good time, and about II 
people attended, students and fan 
ily included." 

Those who would like mo) 
information can contact Moorel 
the Shreveport Nursing Campus. 

Tiefenwerth certified as Criminal 
Justice Addictions Professional 

By Katie Lopez 

News Editor 

Assistant professor of criminal jus- 
tice Thomas J. Tiefenwerth is the first 
person at NSU and in the state of 
Louisiana to receive a certification as a 
Criminal Justice Addictions Profes- 

Joe Morris, criminal justice program 
coordinator, said "I think it's a great 
honor, and it will enhance our pro- 
gram here at NSU." 

Tiefenwerth said this is a new and 
voluntary credential, but he expects it 
to become generally accepted. 

Twenty-two states have adopted 
this certification so people who work 
with drug abusers are able to get cer- 
tified as a Criminal Justice Addictions 

Tiefenwerth is a retired psycholo- 
gist and psychotherapist with more 
than twenty years experience of clini- 
cal-forensic mental health from the 
Texas Prison System. 

Tiefenwerth was also elected to the 
State Board of the Louisiana Sub- 
stance Abuse Counselors and Trainers 
and made Vice Chairman of LAS- 
ACT's Credentialing Committee. 


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Thursday, February 23, 2006 - The Current Sauce - News Section 

Natchitoches named 
Great American Main 
Street Award semifinalist 

By Lane Luckie 

Sauce Reporter 

Natchitoches is among 11 
Main Street communities in 
the nation to be named a 
semifinalist in the Great 
American Main Street Award 

The award program, spon- 
sored by the National Trust 
for Historic Preservation, rec- 
ognizes five communities 
annually for work in main- 
taining and revitalizing 
America's historic and tradi- 
tional commercial districts. 

Semifinalists in the 2006 
Great American Main Street 
Awards Program include: 
Charles City, Iowa; Colum- 
bus, Miss; El Reno, Okla.; 
Jacksonville, 111.; Lynchburg, 
Va.; Natchitoches, La.; Par- 
sons, Kan.; Roslindale, Mass.; 
Valdosta, Ga.; and Waverly, 

Doug Loescher, executive 
director of the National Trust 
for Historic Preservation, said 
the work each community 
has accomplished is a grad- 
ual process, building on past 

"The communities that 

have made it to the semi-final 
stage for the Great American 
Main Street Award have all 
worked very hard to bring 
about profound, positive 
transformation," Loescher 

"They are true inspirations 
to communities throughout 
the country" he said. 

Applicants for the award 
submitted letters of support 
from local, state and federal 
officials; photographs of the 
cityscape; and a narrative of 
the history of Main Street 

Communities will be 
judged on how commercial 
districts have evolved since 
being named a Main Street 

Judges will analyze data on 
economic development, 
property value, visitor num- 
bers, and tourism promotion. 

Award winners will be 
announced at the National 
Main Streets Conference in 
New Orleans on June 5. 

The winners will receive 
$2500 to be used in Main 
Street programs. 

Courtney Hornsby, Natchi- 
toches Main Street manager, 

said the award carries great 

Winning the designation 
could give Natchitoches 
national exposure in the 
tourism industry. 

"Being named as one of the 
Great American Main Streets 
be an excellent selling tool for 
our community," Hornsby 

"It helps us to become 
more competitive for grant 
money on a state and federal 
level," she said. 

Hornsby said the prize 
money could greatly benefit 
Natchitoches' present mar- 
keting needs. 

"We've been focusing on 
getting the word out to differ- 
ent target groups about all 
that we have to offer in 
downtown Natchitoches," 
Hornsby said. 

"We might look at doing 
some television commercials 
and magazine ads," she said. 

Natchitoches was first 
named a Main Street Com- 
munity in 1992. 

In 2005, the city was named 
a Distinctive Destination by 
the National Trust for His- 
toric Preservation. 

Chris Reich/the Current Sauce 

Natchitoches' 'MainStreet' on display for preserving its historical district. Natchitoches is among 11 communities to be nominated for the Great 
American Main Street Award Program. 

NSU to present Roxann Johnson's 'Race Matters, and Women Matter, Too' 

By Jamie Broussard 

Sauce Reporter 

Ending racism and empow- 
ering women will be the focus 
of a speech given by a com- 
munity leader at the annual 
News Makers and Shakers 
Open Forum during Diversi- 
ty University Week. 

Roxann Pedesclaux John- 
son, CEO of the northwest 
Louisiana Young Women's 
Christian Association, will 

give a speech titled "Race 
Matters, and Women Matter 
Too," on March 9 at 3 p.m. in 
the Ora G. Williams TV Stu- 
dio, Kyser 142. 

Mary Brocato, coordinator 
of the News Makers and 
Shakers program said, "Both 
the Shreveport and Bossier 
police department call on 
Roxann Johnson whenever 
there is a sensitive racial mat- 

Jessica Vercher, a junior 

hospitality management and 
tourism major, said "The 
voice of a strong woman like 
Johnson can give courage to 
female students." 

Johnson speaks all across 
America about ending racism 
and advocating women's 

The forum is open to all 
students, faculty, staff and the 
community. It will be benefi- 
cial in raising awareness 
about racial and sexual 

inequality in society. 

Brocato said, "The forum 
will give ideas about the sub- 
tle components that can end 

Johnson was born in New 
Orleans and grew up in Min- 
nesota. She has lived in Lon- 
don, Germany and Spain. She 
currently resides in Shreve- 

She has received numerous 
awards and honors for her 
outstanding service and dedi- 

cation to the community. 

She was the first President 
of the Shreveport Human 
Relations Commission, and 
was named Shreveport 
Woman of the Year. 

The YWCA is the oldest 
and largest multicultural 
women's organization in the 
world. Johnson's experience 
with the organization has 
made her a strong figure and 
a powerful activist for sexual 
equality and racial justice. 

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Free International Coffee and Pastries from 9-11 a.m. all week. 
Come by the Student Union Ballroom for free coffee and pastries in 

the mornings all week long 

March 6 - "Slam Poets" in the Student Union Ballroom. 
Free poetry reading by Mayham Poets 

March 7 - "Ain't I a Woman" 7:30 p.m. at A.A. Fredricks Auditorium. 

Musical one woman show 

March 8 - "Diversity Bingo" 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. 

Playbingo to win great prizes 

March 9 - "Diversity Trivia Game Show" 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. 
Come play and answer questions to show how diverse you are. 

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April 5 - "Poetry Reading" 12:30 p.m. in the Courtyard of Morrison. 
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News Section - The Current Sauce — Thursday, February 23. 2006 

NSU Health Services offers students 
meningitis information and vaccinations 

By Raymond Billy 

Opinions Editor 

The deaths of two Acadia Parish residents serve as 
deadly reminders of how severe meningitis can be. 

One of the victims was a University of Louisiana at 
Lafayette student, and the other was 19-year-old 
Cameron Mathew Andrus, who attended ULL last 
semester and had been working as a camera operator 
for Lafayette television station KLFY. 

Seven cases of meningitis or related illnesses have 
been identified in Acadia in the last month, and five of 
them involved current or former ULL students. 

Since the outbreak began, ULL has started a vaccina- 
tion campaign, giving free vaccinations to students 
ages 23 or younger. Approximately 4800 students have 
been vaccinated since the campaign began. 

ULL student Elise Gautreau said the outbreak has 
been an eye-opening experience for many students 
who would never have worried about meningitis oth- 

"I think a majority didn't realize that this is some- 
thing that could happen to them. But I think people are 
more aware of it now, that it's something that can 
spread quickly, and you don't realize you have it until 
you are very sick," Gautreau said. 

Stephanie Campbell, NSU health services director, 
said meningitis is a rare disease that comes in two 

types: viral and bacterial. 

Viral meningitis is less harmful, Campbell said. Like 
other viruses, it causes feelings of nausea, headaches or 
fever. Once the virus leaves the body, the victim is able 
function normally. 

Bacterial meningitis is more severe. One out of every 
10 people who contract it eventually die from it, Camp- 
bell said. 

Meningitis is an infection of the spinal column. 
Symptoms include stiffness of the neck, headaches, 
nausea, vomiting and vision changes, Campbell said. 

Meningitis generally spreads through droplet nuclei, 
which are tiny drops of saliva, she said. 

When someone sneezes or coughs, the fluid comes 
out of the mouth and nose and lands in the surround- 
ing areas. People who touch contaminated objects can 
become infected through hand-to-mouth contact or 
eating without washing their hands. 

Meningitis is also spread through close contact, such 
as kissing. Sharing a glass, cigarettes or anything that 
makes contact with the mouth is also a source of the 
virus, Campbell said. 

Situations that place people in close quarters are the 
most common settings where meningitis can be con- 

Campbell said dormitories and bars are examples of 
places where people are at greater risk of becoming 

Five different types of bacteria cause bacterial 
meningitis. She said the vaccine offered on campus 
will protect against four of them, but it takes 10 to 14 
days to build immunity. The fifth type of meningitis 
cannot be protected against, but it is rare. 

Campbell said NSU takes many measures to inform 
people about the risk of meningitis. She said NSU 
sends letters to all incoming freshman and their par- 
ents to let them know about vaccine clinics and when 
they will be held. 

She said even though getting a meningitis shot is not 
required to attend NSU, the virus is mentioned on the 
immunization form, which catches the attention of stu- 
dents and parents. 

"Someone will call and say, 'It's on here (the form). 
Do I have to have it and what is it?' That give us an 
opportunity to tell them about it," she said. 

Campbell said the university tries to educate stu- 
dents about meningitis during Freshman Connection, 
a summer event designed to prepare students for their 
first year of college. The school also makes brochures 
available in residents halls and in the lobby of the Infir- 

In spite of the university's effort, a significant num- 
ber of students do not understand the severity of 
meningitis, Campbell said. 

"There probably still are students that don't know. 
There is so much information out there when you're 

coming to college. We bombard you with information 
about activities and organizations and financial aid 
and student services and housing options and meals 
and sports and clubs and all these things," Campbell 
said. "We all tend to pay the most attention to what 
we're interested in, and obviously vaccinations is not 
high on the list of priorities." 

Campbell said another reason students do not get 
vaccinated is the cost involved. Anti-meningitis vac- 
cines often range from $80-130, and many students 
assume that it is not worth the cost, believing it is 
unlikely they will be infected. 

Campbell said the school tries to make the vaccine 
more affordable by having an organization called 
Maxim Health administer the drug on campus. A com- 
pany that manufactures the vaccine owns Maxim. 

Campbell said having Maxim provide the vaccine is 
the cheapest way the school can deliver the drug to 

Campbell said she expects the American College 
Health Association - an organization that advises uni- 
versities on how to deal with health risks - will recom- 
mend making the meningitis vaccination a require- 
ment for admission to universities nationwide. 

Campbell said the change will not come because of 
an increased threat of meningitis, but because "menin- 
gitis is very rare; however, even one death is not okay 
if if s a preventable decease," she said. 

Professor shared poetry with NSU students and community 

By Kera Simon 

Sauce Reporter 

Nate Pritts, visiting assistant professor of language 
and communication, shared his poetry with fellow 
writers and students on Saturday as the feature reader 
for Creative Readers and Writers. 

Pritts' book, called "Winter Constellations," is more 
than the title foretells. 

Pritts said the poetry was written mostly in his NSU 
office between December 2004 and January 2005, but 
that is not the reason for the title. It was a collage of dif- 
ferent ideas. 

"I felt like I was working from a constellation of 
inspiration," Pritts said. 

"Winter Constellations" is considered a chapbook. It 
is shorter than a full-length book and is printed in 
smaller quantities than regular books. This chapbook is 
actually one long poem, organized into three main 
parts and two interludes. Pritts said this form of struc- 
ture helped his writing process. 

"I write poems, but I thought of this as a project. I 
knew I was going to begin and end it. I worked on its 
integrity as a whole," Pritts said. 

This project was presented to an audience on a cold 
night at the Tin House Barbeque. He read an excerpt 
from the chapbook and shared some of his new poems 
including "This Tremendousness I Can't Talk About," 
"I'm Writing a Poem for Rhonda," and "I is Jim McCr- 
ery and He is Me." 

Citizens from the community and some NSU stu- 
dents attended the reading. 

Angela Cox, senior English major, said she bought a 
copy of "Winter Constellations" because she is one of 
Pritts' students and enjoyed the excerpt he read. 

"He's very engaging and very interesting as a pro- 
fessor. He read a section which made me what to read 
the whole thing," Cox said. 

Another student of Pritts, Emily Perkins, sophomore 
art major, wanted to support one of her favorite teach- 
ers. She bought the chapbook because she really 
enjoyed his poetry. 

Pritts read for Creative Readers and Writers, a loose 
group of local writers and songwriters of all ages. The 
readings are free and open to anyone who wants to 


"All you have to do is come and sign up. Anyone can 
come and read," Marcy Frantom, facilitator of the read- 
ing series, said. 

Frantom said she wants to gain more participants in 
the group because everyone gains from it. 

"We want to encourage people who are not authors 
to share, too. We all benefit from it. It's a very good 
thing for writers. They get a chance for feedback from 
the audience," Frantom said. 

CRAW members meet every other Saturday at 7 p.m. 
to share their work, which consists of reading and 
music series. 

Their next gathering is March 4. It is completely 
open mic for whoever wishes to participate. 

9, 2006 7:30 p. m. 

The Alley in the Student Union 

Think Fast Trivia Game Show 
Music, Prizes and more! 

March 9, 2006 3:00 p.m. 
Room 104 Kyser Hall TV Studio 

Roxanne Pesicleux Johnson speaks on 
Empowering Women and Eliminating Racism 
Part of The Newsmakers and Shakers Open Forum 


Associate/Life Editor 


Reliving the aftermath 

•NSU students remember what life was like during two of the worst storms in Louisiana History 

By Elaine Broussard 

Sauce Reporter 

Nearly six months have passed 
since the first of two swirling mass- 
es of wind and water brought 
destruction to the Gulf Coast. 

Storm damage in the Natchi- 
toches area was minor, but for NSU 
students with friends and family 
from the badly-affected areas, the 
hurricanes were a life-changing 

Many students housed loved 
ones in cramped quarters for 
weeks. Some cell phones and bank 
accounts ceased to operate. Some 
students, transfixed by television 
news, could not bring themselves 
to attend class. 

Five NSU students have shared 
their experiences before and after 
the storm with the Current Sauce. 
Although most of their friends and 
family are doing well now, some 
things are still not back to normal. 

'Glued to the TV' 

Allie Sturino first found out 
about Hurrican' 'atrina from a tel- 
evision set in tht Wellness, Recre- 
ation and Activities Center where 
she was working out. 

Sturino, a freshman education 
major from Marrero, said she called 
her parents who told her they 
weren't planning to evacuate. So 
Sturino shrugged it off and did not 

When junior general studies 
major Amanda Vincent from Man- 
deville received a call from her par- 
ents saying they were evacuating, 
she thought they were just being 

"I grew up in south Louisiana 
around New Orleans so hurricanes 
weren't really that big of a deal to 
me," Vincent said. "I just thought it 
would be like any other storm, so I 
just went about my business." 

But as Hurricane Katrina came 
closer to land, both Sturino's and 
Vincent's parents headed to Natchi- 
toches for shelter. Vincent's parents 
stayed in her house. Sturino lived 
in a dorm room at the time, so her 
parents stayed at a hotel, and then a 
friend's house. 

Cheryl Thompson/the Current Sauce 

Amanda Vincent hangs out in the Student Union lobby before her Panhellenic meeting. Vincent's family was affected by the devastation of Hurricance Katrina. 

April Bunnell and Sarah Blake 
also housed their families. 

Bunnell, a sophomore education 
major from Harahan, said she had 
to beg her parents to evacuate. 
When they finally gave in and 
came to Natchitoches, Bunnell had 
a full house. 

"There were about 15 people 
staying in my house including my 
roommates," Bunnell said. "There 
were also two dogs. We were all 
scared, and all that was running 
through our minds was, Ts our 
house flooded or still standing or 


Bunnell said she was glued to the 
TV, and she quit caring about 
school. She became involved in a 
clothing drive for hurricane victims 
and concentrated on that instead of 

Blake, a sophomore education 
major from Kenner, said her home- 
work was severely affected when 
her family came to stay with her. 
Nine people stayed in her two-bed- 
room apartment for a month. 

"It was rough for my housemate, 
Maggie, and I because we had to 

continue going to classes and try- 
ing to study while my family was 
staying at our house," Blake said. 
"It was very noisy all the time and 
crowded. Everyone was in a rush 
trying to get things accomplished. 
My family kept their eyes on the TV 

Vincent said her parents left 
Natchitoches in the middle of the 
storm because they wanted to be 
the first people to return home. 
After they left, she had no way to 
contact them for a long time. She 
was anxious and upset, and she 

couldn't turn off the TV. 

"Then one day I was watching 
the Weather Channel or something 
and I saw a video of the movie the- 
ater by my house!" Vincent said. 

A whole side of the theater had 
been destroyed. 

The aftermath 

Sturino's parents moved to a 
friend's house in Lafayette, and 
they stayed there a month before 
returning home. Her mother, who 
worked at a floral shop that flood- 
ed, lost her job. Her father lost a 

promotion and an opportunity for 
business travel. 

Their house took minor damage, 
which they've since gotten 
repaired. Sturino said the worst 
part of it was being a first-semester 
freshman without the opportunity 
to visit home on weekends. She 
said it was difficult not being able 
to see her family much. 

Vincent's family is still not sure if 
their house is salvageable. They are 
on a long waiting list to get a struc- 
tural assessment. They are living in 
the house, but they are not sure if 
the structure is sound. 

Since Vincent has been in college, 
her parents have paid all of her 
expenses. But right after the storm, 
her parents were unable to access 
their bank accounts, so Vincent had 
to borrow money from friends to 
pay bills, and she had to quickly get 
a job. 

Her parents have returned to 
work, and her mother has even 
received a promotion since the 
storm. Vincent doesn't have to 
work anymore, but she has gotten 
used to working. She keeps a stu- 
dent job in the Office of Student 
Activities for extra cash. 

Bunnell's parents did not return 
to Kenner. Instead, they rented an 
inexpensive house in Natchitoches, 
and people in the community 
donated furniture and helped them 

"I had to accept the fact that I was 
no longer from Kenner, but Natchi- 
toches had to become my home," 
Bunnell said. "It was strange and 
totally different for me especially 
since I had grown up there my 
whole life. But I have come to real- 
ize through a series of events that I 
am destined to live in a small town 
rather than a city." 

Blake's sister's house in New 
Orleans went 14 feet under water 
and was completely destroyed. Her 
mother's house in Harahan was 
OK, but she lost her job. Blake's 
mother fixed up and sold the 
house, and the whole family relo- 
cated to Lubbock, Texas. 

"My life will never be the same," 

■ See Aftermath, page 6 

Nude art exhibit 'exposes' 
strong feelings among public 

Larrie King/the Current Sauce 

This is one of many paintings by Ronna S. Harris currently on display in the 
°rville J. Hanchey Gallery. 

By Larrie King 

Sauce Reporter 

The female figure is one of art's 
earliest subjects. Throughout cen- 
turies the intellect and emotion of 
women have led to their depiction 
in various media — one of the fore- 
most being painting. 

NSU's Creative and Performing 
Arts department welcomed the 
work of Ronna S. Harris this 
month, with an exhibition called 
"Figures Revisited." This is a col- 
lection of oil painting spanning the 
past two decades. 

Harris,an associate professor in 

the Newcomb Art Department at 
Tulane University, explains that her 
works are autobiographical in 
nature, yet they emphasize contem- 
porary women's issues. 

Natchitoches, while known for 
its annual Christmas Festival, is 
notorious for being cautious when 
it comes to the arts. In the past there 
have been rumors of such "cau- 
tion" being taken within the visual 
arts department and its many dis- 

Recently, it was rumored that a 
group of female NSU visitors were 
attending a concert in Magale 
Recital Hall when they were 

affronted by Harris' paintings, 
which were allegedly locked in the 
gallery with the lights turned off. 
After confronting the administra- 
tion about the matter later that 
evening, the show was asked to be 
taken down. 

However, it has been discovered 
that a very uninteresting version of 
this story actually occurred, and 
the show was never asked to be 

According to current Visual Arts 
department head Dr. Roger Chan- 
dler, the rumors are indeed dismis- 
sive. On the whole, not only is the 
university open to a lot more that it 

gets credit for — so is the communi- 
ty of Natchitoches. The nude sub- 
jects of Harris' paintings are in no 
way meant to be offensive or pro- 

As Visual Arts student D'Nea 
Tyler states, "I thought that she had 
a lot of her emotions in the work, 
and I respected that she was willing 
to share that with other people." 

While nudity may be a stum- 
bling block for some of our older 
and more traditional community 
members, NSU students seem 
ready to embrace a more modern 
and less cautious demeanor when 
it comes to the arts. 

Semi-annual Career Fair urges students to prepare in advance 

By Andi Bass 

Sauce Reporter 

According to, it 
takes the average college graduate 
a Pproximately four months to 
acquire a job after graduating. 

Lining up a job or a graduate 
school prior to graduation can save 
hme and energy in the long run. 

On Tuesday NSU put on a spring 
ar >d summer job fair to try to help 
students make contacts. 

There were 31 organizations in 
attendance, including Peoples State 
ank, who setup a festive Mardi 
Oras table and gave away free 
Cn ocoIate coins and trinkets. 

Charlotte Miller, a Peoples State 
ar >k employee, said "We wanted it 
to b e fun for the students." 

Career counselor Traci LaBom 
said job fairs like these are a good 
opportunity for students to make 
connections and get an idea what is 
available after school. 

The new NSU chapter of the 
National Association of Future 
Black Law Students took advan- 
tage of these opportunities by talk- 
ing to Monica Smith of Southern 
University Law Center, located in 
Baton Rouge. 

They plan on staying in contact 
with each other, which will bring 
more opportunities for the students 
of the group. 

Senior social work major Eric 
Graves said the fair was a great 
experience. He has an internship 
with Court Appointed Special 
Advocate, who was also present at 

the job fair. 

"We came here to make everyone 
aware we are here [in Natchi- 
toches]. The reason I chose this par- 
ticular one was because I didn't 
know anything about CASA, so I 
chose it to learn more," he said. 

For many students, it takes 
months after they graduate to final- 
ly secure a job. Knowing what is 
out there before graduation can 
help combat this. 

Junior Computer Information 
Systems major Tim Ethridge want- 
ed to do just that. "It was kind of 
mtimidating at first, but it wasn't so 
bad after taking to a few people 
and kind of getting into it,"he said. 

Many of the company represen- 
tatives insisted that starting now 
and making an early connection 

would be beneficial to the graduat- 
ing student — either in graduate 
school or with a perspective 

Attending job fairs and obtaining 
internships helps graduating sen- 
iors differentiate themselves and 
puts them one step ahead of the 
thousands of other graduates com- 
peting in the job market. 

If you were unable to make it to 
the job fair, don't worry. Labom 
said that there will be more oppor- 
tunities in the future for students to 
network with employers, such as a 
job fair for education majors on 
April 4. 

For this job fair, students are 
required to sign up in advance at 
the career services office for inter- 
views with school systems. 

Hill/the Current Sauce 

Life Section - The Current Sauce — Thursday, February 2C 

Help your fellow neighborette stay 'crack- free' 

I usually don't have a very strong 
opinion when it comes to this little 
fashion column. Recently, though, 
my peers have brought something 
disturbing to my attention, and I 
completely agree with them. 

It has to do with the way some 
college girls like to dress for class. 

It just burns my grits when I see 
girls wearing super-skinny, almost 
sprayed-on jeans or pants when 
they are clearly five sizes to small for 
them. It looks so unattractive to see 
college women, who are supposed 
to be educated and refined, make 
themselves appear cheap and over 

Oh! And what about the super 
low-rise jeans that show off a girl's 
"goodies" both in the rear and in the 
front? I think they came up with one 
of the most degrading terms for 
these types of jeans, "muffin tops," 
because they give even normal bod- 
ies that unsightly bulge on the sides 
of them. 

Ick. Eww. Ugh. That's sick. 

The same thing goes for those 
"micro-mini" skirts, too. 

Does it bother anyone else besides 
me when a woman sitting in front of 
you in class has on low jeans and her 
hot pink thong sticks out the back? 
Come on, people! If I wanted to see 
crack, I would go find a drug dealer. 
I don't need to see that crap and nei- 
ther does anyone else for that mat- 

So now that I've vented and stated 
the problem, I think I can help. 

The way I see it is that many girls 
like to dress this way in order to gain 
some sort of attention — whether it is 
negative or positive. And that's the 
real issue here. 

The difference between looking 
sexy, feeling sexy and actually being 
sexy is in the attitude, not in the 
plunge of your neckline or the abili- 
ty for others to peek at your femi- 
nine parts when you bend over. You 
can still look sexy without looking 

like you belong on a street corner 
with a pocket full of Trojans. 

There is a real power in being a 
woman. A strong woman is power- 
ful through her confidence, attitude 
and perseverance. There is also 
power in the swing of our hips, 
because as women, we have a natu- 
ral power that men are mtirnidated 
by — we hold the power of life with- 
in our anatomy. 

Men are naturally attracted to us 
because it's programmed in their 

Ladies, you don't need to show off 
your "stuff" to get all that attention 
and attraction you may think you 


Find the confidence within you to 
look and feel sexy without the 
provocative ensembles. Find some 
pants that fit properly and a skirt 
that covers your rear end. You can 
be as sexy as you want, but remem- 
ber where true style and sexiness 
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Blake said. "I don't have a home in 
New Orleans anymore, so during 
breaks, when I do go to see my fam- 
ily, I have to fly to Lubbock because 
it is about 12 hours from Natchi- 

Still not the same 

When senior liberal arts major 
Andee Savoy visits her family in 
Sulphur, she notices how the city has 
changed since Hurricane Rita hit in 
September. Her family's property 
fared well in the storm, and her par- 
ents kept their jobs, but her home- 
town is a different place. 

In the Sulphur/ Lake Charles area, 
help-wanted signs are posted out- 
side numerous fast-food restaurants 
and grocery stores. 

Some businesses still have short- 
ened hours. Restaurants still have 
shortened menus. Savoy said the 

two hurricanes turned the fall 
semester into a blur. 

"A lot of last semester is blank 
because I felt like we just had to. stop 
for a minute," Savoy said. "People 
have gotten back to a certain amount 
of living because that is what people 
have to do. But things are still differ- 

Sturino said the New Orleans area 
has the same problems. Help-want- 
ed signs and blue tarp-covered roofs 
are still everywhere. 

In some of the hardest hit areas, 
some buildings are still marked with 
Xs and numbers, noting that people 
had died inside them. Waterlines on 
walls are still visible. Signs are still 

Sturino said, "The weirdest thing 
to me is instead of having signs up 
for businesses everything is on those 

little election-type signs. Prices, store 
hours, everything! There are no real 
regular signs up anymore because 
they all got blown over, so you'll see 
these picket signs all over the place, 
and the medians and are so crowded 
with them. Every time you stop at a 
red light and look into the neutral 
ground, that's all you can see." 

Things have changed, but Sturino 
is optimistic. 

"As far as returning to complete 
normalcy, it's not possible down 
there right now. But I think that the 
city has taken a lot of steps to try to 
get things back to normal by encour- 
aging businesses come back, and 
now a lot of the businesses have 
incentives and bonuses to work for 
them so that they can be back to a 
fully operational status." 

the Current Sauce says 

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"Ain't i a Woman" 
Musical Play 
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A.A. Fredericks Auditorium 

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Student exposes stealth racism 

By Aaron Pizani 

Sauce Columnist 

I debated with myself on whether 
or not to write about such a cliche sub- 
ject as racism for a column, but I've 
been provoked too often to let the sub- 
ject slide by without any acknowl- 

Racist comments have become 
taboo, as they should be. However, 
some people still hold racist attitudes 
and express them in passive ways 
because they know it is inappropriate 
to just come out and admit what they 
are. I call this Passive Aggressive 

Here are a few examples of my 

I was talking to a girl on campus a 
couple of years ago. The conversation 
was fun and I mentioned that, if I get 
rich one day, I want to open up a Sushi 
Bar/ Arcade in Natchitoches. I'd call it 
"Pizani-moto's" because if you put 
"moto" after anything^ it sounds 
Japanese. Her response was, as close 
as I can remember, "The black people 
would just take it over, just like the 
pool and skating rink." 

My first reaction was confusion. 
Whether you are black or white, the 
only color I care about if I'm running 

a business is green. As long as you've 
got quarters to put into a machine or 
$4.50 for some tuna rolls, I don't care 
what color your skin is. 

My next reaction was like a mixture 
of horror and pity. I had gotten to 
know this person over the course of 
the year and never expected some- 
thing like that. 

My next encounter didn't happen 
too long after words. I had just decid- 
ed to move into the Frog Pond Apart- 
ments and I mentioned this to a lady I 
knew on campus. Her response was 
for me to "be careful" because the 
apartments were built next to a "bad 

Well, of course I'm going to be con- 
cerned about living near a "bad neigh- 
borhood," so I checked it out for 
myself. I drove through the neighbor- 
hood behind the apartment complex, 
and I was confused once again. Every- 
thing looked perfectly normal to me. I 
didn't have to swerve to avoid any 
dead bodies in the road or drive like 
James Bond to dodge any stray bul- 
lets. Then 1 suddenly understood 
what the lady meant. 

Black people. Black people live in 
this neighborhood. She meant for me 
to "be careful" because the apart- 
ments were next to a black neighbor- 
hood. Somehow in her brain 'T>lack" 
translated into "bad." 

For the record, I have felt safe living 
there since the day I moved in. 

After Hurricane Katrina ripped 
through Louisiana, humanity seemed 

at its best when Natchitoches openly 
welcomed evacuees into shelters. I 
came across one woman who volun- 
teered at one of the off campus shel- 
ters, and overheard her conversation 
with someone else I knew. She made 
the comment that she had caught sev- 
eral people taking more than one box 
of food and supplies each day. 

It is no secret that most of the evac- 
uees at that shelter were African- 
American. She had the nerve to say 
"they are probably taking the food 
down to Texas Street and selling it for 

If you know Natchitoches very 
well, you know that "Texas Street" 
implies "black neighborhood." 

These aren't even a handful of the 
remarks I've heard. I could tell 
enough stories to fill the entire Opin- 
ion section of the newspaper. Those 
comments may seem pretty blatant to 
you, but they were said to me, a white 
guy. A white guy they thought would 
be safe to express their ignorance to. 

Well, surprise! I write a column for 
the Current Sauce, and it turns out I'm 
not so safe after all. 

The comments I've told you about 
aren't just from random people. They 
are people that you could run into on 
any day. I'm withholding names and 
specific places to protect their privacy, 
but I really should have let them have 
it the moment the comments came out 
of their mouths. 

Here's the deal. It isn't enough to 
make people realize that it is inappro- 

priate for them to make racist com- 
ments. The attitude itself is unaccept- 
able, whether you express it or not. 
The right of freedom of speech means 
you can say practically anything as an 
American. But, how about as a human 

Don't get me wrong and think I'm 
making a sweeping generalization 
that all white people are racist. We 
aren't. This makes it even more 
important that we stand up against 
racism. I don't want people to assume 
I'm racist just because I'm white. 

After I've hopefully gotten the point 
across that racism is still here and still 
stupid, here's how we fix it. White 
people have to make other white peo- 
ple realize that it is a wrong attitude. 
Racist white people aren't going to be 
suddenly enlightened by Jesse Jack- 
son or Al Sharpton. They need to hear 
it from other white people. 

Racist black people aren't going to 
get it from white people, either. Black 
people have to get it across to other 
black people that racism is wrong. The 
dissent has to come from within. 

We have to get the message across 
that no matter how educated you are, 
what position you hold, what faith 
you hold, how nice you are, how 
much you give to charity, how much 
you love your family, or how much 
sugar you take in your coffee, a racist 
attitude is still stupid. 

Aaron Pizani is a history major. 

Drugs may cause permanent calm 

By Kristen Alexander 

Sauce Columnist 

According to a study conducted by 
the Food and Drug Administration, 
stimulant drugs used to treat people 
with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity 
Disorder may be linked to an 
increased risk of death and injury on 
people who are prescribed these med- 

The FDA has now voted in favor of 
the "black box" warning for these 
stimulant drugs after being informed 
of the deaths of several people, 19 of 
those being children. Drugs required 
to include these labels are 
methylphenidates, such as Ritalin, 
Concerta, Methylin and Adderall. 

In the United States, doctors pre- 
scribe these drugs to about two mil- 
lion children and one million adults 
every month. That's a huge number of 

people, and it's continuing to increase 

Let's focus on the reasons doctors 
prescribe these stimulants. Yes, every 
person and case is different, but what 
is a general symptom of people diag- 
nosed with ADHD? According 
to the National Institute of Health 
website, symptoms include impul- 
siveness (acting without thinking), 
hyperactivity (inability to sit still or 
keep quite), and inattention (easily 
side tracked and prone to day 
dreams). A child who uses these drugs 
is said to be able to combat these 
symptoms and become more success- 
ful at home, at school and in play. 

What about the side affects and fatal 
downfalls? According to an FDA 
review, 25 reports of deaths among 
the drugs' users between 1999 and 
2003 uncovered 54 cases of cardiovas- 
cular problems, which include heart 
attacks, strokes, hypertension, palpi- 
tations and arrhythmia. 

Although the study only found 54 
cases, let's think about the people 
those 54 cases affected. About 2.5 mil- 
lion children between the ages of four 

and 17 take ADHD drugs, and the 
adult use of the drugs has grown 90 
percent between 2002 and 2005. Evi- 
dently many people are dependent on 
these drugs in order to successfully 
battle inattention and hyperactivity. In 
return these drugs are giving users 
toned-down personalities along with 
heart problems and death. Seems like 
a big deal to me. 

Granted, these days just about 
everything you do can make you sick 
or hurt you in some way. I've even 
heard that the lead from a pencil can 
give you cancer and cell phone radia- 
tion causes tumors. 

I know a young child who has to 
take medications like these. He is nat- 
urally full of energy and life but once 
he pops the pill he becomes zoned out 
and seems to have no personality. 
However, he has done better in school 
once he started taking the drug. 

Yes, I know everyone is affected dif- 
ferently, and I'm not saying this is 
how everyone reacts when taking 
these drugs. Honestly though, I don't 
want to see my loved one be chilled 
out only to suffer from heart problems 

and possibly death. 

Hopefully, scientists and doctors 
can soon invent some other type of 
stimulant or attention-getting drug 
that doesn't have all of these negative 
side affects. Until then, if these drugs 
are causing all of these problems, I 
think we should figure out some other 
way to deal with people who have 
ADHD and help them adapt and 
function better. 

Given the large number of side 
affects on children who take these 
drugs, I don't think it's fair for their 
parents to be the ones who have the 
authority to make the choice that can 
lead to their child's death. 

I Honestly don't think a child 
should be prescribed such a strong 
stimulant until they are old enough to 
understand and know all of the possi- 
ble dangers that come with the drug. I 
know I wouldn't want the death of 
my child to be on my shoulders 
because I thought he or she was hard 
to handle. 

Kristen Alexander is a journalism 

Paintings represent more 
than what meets the eye 

BY Kera Simon 

Sauce Columnist 

Nude art has been around since 
before the time of the Bible. Greek art 
showed gods and goddesses in their 
birthday suits. A nude man symbol- 
ized strength, and a nude woman 
symbolized fertility. It's amazing to 
think that, even after centuries of 
naked people in art, it is still some- 
what shocking and taboo. 

I think the artwork by Ronna Harris 
in the Orville J. Hanchey Gallery, is 
neither shocking nor taboo. It's beauti- 
ful, and I think the nudity is very 

tastefully portrayed. These paintings 
do not objectify women, and are not 
vulgar in any way. The nudity in these 
paintings is apparent, but it is only a 
part of the painting. The nudity 
expresses sensuality, vunerability, 
freedom and utter truth. 

One of my favorite paintings is 
called "Belemoned." It is a painting of 
a nude pregnant woman. She's look- 
ing off into space, and there is an illu- 
sion of a little girl sucking her thumb 
next to the woman's stomach. 

I tried to look up the word "bele- 
moned," thinking that it had a special 
meaning, but Harris said she created 
the word out of inspiration from a 
book she read. 

This painting moved me because it 
is real life. The woman is carrying life 
within her. I like to imagine that she is 
thinking of the unborn child. You may 

feel different, but, hey, that's the glory 
of art. It says different things to differ- 
ent people. 

Another of my favorites is called 
"Look What They've Done to the Rain- 
forest." The painting shows two 
women smeared with mud, surround- 
ed by green pipes and wooden beams, 
like a construction site. One woman 
looks very stern and proud, while the 
other looks solemn and sad. The 
women are nude, except for little cloth 

There is so much more to study in 
this painting than the nudity. I think 
they represent primitive human 
nature. They are very out of place in 
the new rainforest. You may disagree 
with my analogy, okay, go ahead. 
There's the glory of art again! 

I feel that these paintings, like all 
representational art (ha, fine arts does 

come in 

handy), have messages to reveal. 
These messages can be more blunt or 
shocking than the paintings' portrayal 
of female pubic hair. 

If you are uncomfortable with these 
images, fine, don't go see them. If you 
do view the paintings and see the sig- 
nificance of the artist's endeavors, 
good for you. If you view the paint- 
ings and think that the pictures would 
have said the same thing with cloth- 
ing, that's okay too. 

These paintings, and paintings sim- 
ilar to these, affect people in different 
ways. One should not be punished 
for the feelings of others. So absorb 
them, study them and move on. There 
is really nothing taboo about it. 

Kera Simon is a freshman journal- 
ism major. 

Is America ready 
for a female 


By Raymond Billy, Jr. 

Opinions Editor 

I hate to disappoint all the little girls around the country 
who dream of becoming president, but America is not close to 
being ready. 

Don't believe everything you see on TV. Gina Davis makes 
a powerful "Commander-in- Chief," but she may be as close 
as we come to seeing a female president within the next 50 

It's nice to pretend that America is progressive enough to 
vote for a qualified female candidate, but there are social and 
psychological barriers we still need to break through before 
we will cast our ballots for a nominee with a little more estro- 
gen than we are used to. 

There is no doubt that Hillary Clinton has a legitimate shot 
in 2008, but that doesn't mean we will make a habit of con- 
sidering female candidates in the future. Americans are not 
ready to throw out the unspoken rule that only white, Anglo- 
Saxon Protestant males can be president. 

Many of the people who will seriously consider Clinton are 
like racists who say "Some of my best friends are black": Clin- 
ton is their exception. 

She is being considered for the presidency despite being a 
woman. Paradoxically, Clinton has the unique advantage of 
being a former first lady. She parlayed that publicity into a 
Senate seat in 2000. 

Very few politicians, male or female, are afforded the plat- 
form Clinton enjoyed before she took office. Most lawmakers 
spend years cultivating relationships and building their repu- 
tations before they acquire prestigious government posts. 
This process is still much more difficult for women than it is 
for men. 

A recent CBS report showed that in the United States cur- 
rently, there are only eight governors, 67 House members and 
14 senators who have ovaries. 

In government overall, progress seems to be coming at a 
snail's pace. The University at Albany's Center for Women in 
Government and Civil Society released an eye-opening study 
last week. The study revealed that women have only 
increased their numbers in major leadership positions by 1 .6 
percentage points between 1998 and 2005, from 23.1 percent 
to 24.7 percent. 

The Center defined leadership positions as statewide elect- 
ed officials, state legislators, high court judges, department 
heads and top advisers in governors' offices. 

These are sobering statistics for anyone hoping to see a 
woman president in the near future. 

To complicate matters further, female candidates will have 
a difficult time overcoming the proverbial elephant in the 
room: national security. 

Only 53 percent of respondents said a female president 
would equal a male's performance as commander-in-chief, 
according to a poll conducted by Siena Research Institute of 
Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y 

On issues ranging from foreign policy to energy, women 
consistently scored in the mid fifties in terms of those who 
believed that a woman would perform at least as well as a 
male president. 

Playing into the nurturer stereotype, women scored highest 
on health and education issues, where 63 percent of respon- 
dents said that a woman would perform better as president 
than a man. 

I am a big believer in the notion that the numbers do not lie, 
but I have to question this stat: 79 percent of respondents in 
the Siena study said they would be willing to vote for a 
woman as president. 

If we are to believe this premise, why have woman made so 
little governmental progress in the last seven years? People 
are barely willing to allow women to lead their states. Why 
should we believe that they would pick a woman to lead the 

I'm only left to believe that there are thousands of people 
with third-degree burns on their legs from their pants catch- 
ing fire. 

There is good news, though. If Hillary does win in 2008, the 
number of women who hold elected positions may dramati- 
cally increase. Seeing Hillary at the desk could warm people 
to the idea that women can be just as strong as men in leader- 
ship roles. Then we would not have to wait another 200 years" 
between the time Hillary leaves office and another woman is 
elected president. 

Hillary has a window of opportunity. She has become a star 
in New York and has distinguished herself as a hawkish 
democrat by supporting many of President Bush's national 
security measures. 

The bad news is that many early polls, looking ahead to the 
'08 presidential election, have Hillary trailing John McCain 
and Rudy Giuliani, two men who are certainly more polished 
on security issues than Clinton; Giuliani because of his no- 
nonsense law enforcement policies as a New York Mayor, not 
to mention his leadership following September 11 and 
McCain because of his war experience in Vietnam. 

If Hillary does not win in 2008, 1 will probably be a senior 
citizen before another woman is taken seriously as a presi- 
dential candidate. If she doesn't break through the glass ceil- 
ing, women will continue to crack it slowly, one pebble at a 

Raymond Billy, Jr. is a political science major. 

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Demons v. Cardinals 

Demons to face Lamar tonight for possible consecutive championship win 

By Kristen Alexander 

Sauce Reporter 

The men's basketball team will 
go up against Lamar at 6:30 in 
Prather Coliseum to cinch the SLC 
Championship for the second year 
in a row. 

The Demons, now 18-7 overall 
and 11-1 in league play, will face 
the Cardinals, who are 14-11 over- 
all and 7-5 in league play. 

Head Coach Mike McConathy 
said they are, "probably the most 
talented team in the league." 

Lamar has lost two games in a 
row to Sam Houston and UTA, so a 
win tonight is desperately needed 
to improve their seating for the 
SLC Tournament, which begins 
March 7. 

If the Demons can win the SLC 
Championship two years in a row, 
it will be the first time in 52 years. 
The last time was under Head 
Coach Red Thomas, who lead the 
Demons to Gulf States Conference 
Crowns in 1953 and 1954. 

McConathy said Lamar coach 
Billy Tubbs is "a big time coach 
who has done a great job with the 

Tubbs first coached at Lamar 
from the late 1970s to the early 
1980s. He then went on to coach at 
the University of Oklahoma, where 

he took the team to the Final Four. 
He coached at TCU and then 
returned to Lamar. Tubbs has a 
record of over 600 wins. 

Tubbs said, "I think it will be an 
outstanding game. NSU is definite- 
ly the team to beat because they are 
expected to win the Conference. 
They seem to be the best team in 
the league." 

McConathy said the hardest 
thing the Demons will have to 
overcome tonight is the Cardinal's 
talent. They have three of the 
league's top 15 players on their 
team, including Thomas Fairley, 
Matthew Barrow and Alan 

Daniels, a Lamar forward, is 
considered SLC's top scorer. 

McConathy said, "We always 
say the MVP of our team is our 
team. Our defense and rebounding 
will create the opportunities for us 
to score easy buckets." 

Leading the Demons tonight will 
be the seven seniors: Byron Allen, 
Alfonse Dyer, Kerwin Forges, 
Clifton Lee, Tyronn Mitchell, D.J. 
Ross and Jermaine Wallace. 

Wallace, a senior guard, will be 
looking to hit two three-pointers 
tonight to break Kenny McMillon's 
NSU career record of 187. 

Senior guard Mitchell needs 
seven steals to break Lester Davis's 

record of 251. 

He is also seven assists away 
from exceeding Davis for the third 
all-time assists in Demon history. 

Tubbs said, "NSU has really 
good depth. There's not just one 
player to stop, if s the whole team 
we have to stop." 

Tubbs believes his team may be 
up to the challenge. 

"Certainly we won't back down 
from them, it will be a dogfight 
until the very end," Tubbs said. 

Saturday the Demons are sched- 
uled to play the McNeese Cow- 
boys, who, along with Lamar, are 
considered two of NSU's toughest 
challengers in the SLC. 

McConathy said, "Lamar is 
going to come out here expecting 
to win, but we've earned the 
opportunity to do this at home and 
are hoping for a good, enthusiastic 
crowd to support us in our last two 
games of the Conference race." 

Saturday's game will also be the 
final regular season home appear- 
ance for the seniors, and there will 
be a pre-game ceremony in which 
they will be recognized. 

So far the Demons have won 
eight straight games in the SLC this 
season and are 24-2 overall at 
Prather since last season. 

Gary Hardamon/NSU Media Service 

Junior guard Luke Rogers presses forward in a game against East Texas Baptist 
last November. Tonight, the Demons face Lamar for the SLC Championship 

Lady Demons mauled by Lady Lions, 46-45 

By Kristi George 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU fans witnessed a heart- 
breaker in Prather Coliseum Satur- 
day as the Lady Demons fell 46-45 
to the Southeastern Louisiana 
Lady Lions on a putback by South- 
eastern's Brenita Williams, with 
less than a second left in the game. 

Williams led the game with 20 
points and 12 rebounds. 

Sheronda Bell led NSU with 15 
points and 10 rebounds. Chassidy 
Jones added 11 points. 

The Demons trailed 23-18 at the 
half and fell into a 12-point deficit 
in the second half. 

NSU rallied back to take a lead 
of 40-36 after Bell hit two free 
throws and Jones hit a jump shot 
with less than 10 minutes to play. 

Jazmin Cain hit a jumper, and a 
layup by Williams tied the game at 

40 with less than five minutes 

Bell put NSU up by three with a 
layup and free throw shot. 

Williams hit two free throws 
and a jumper to give her team the 

Bell was fouled by Necaise and 
made both free throws with 10 sec- 
onds remaining, giving NSU a one- 
point lead. 

Williams' putback sealed the vic- 
tory for Southeastern. 

"It was a tough loss." Coach Jen- 
nifer Graf said. 

"We did not shoot well, and 
when you only score 13 baskets in 
a ballgame, it makes it extremely 
difficult to win," she said. 

NSU went into the game being 
the thirty-seventh team in NCAA 
history to reach their 600 all-time 
victory mark as they beat Nicholls 
on Thursday. 

Graf said, "We were excited 
about finally passing the 600 mark 
and doing it in Lady Demon fash- 

Graf also said the team was 
excited about finally shooting the 
ball well enough to snap their six- 
game losing streak. 

The Lady Demons are preparing 
for their last games before the SLC 
Tournament begins. 

NSU is in a dogfight with five 
teams, including McNeese, for the 
last spot in the SLC Tournament. 

Graf said, "We hold our own des- 
tiny in our hands. How we play 
these next four ballgames will 
determine our place in the SLC 
Tournament. Anything can hap- 
pen past that point." 

The Lady Demons are back in 
action tonight against Lamar at 7 
for the SLC Championship Game. 

Lady Demons Basketball 

Teranda Denatto/the Current Sauce 

Sheronda Bell shoots for a goal during the Feb. 4 game against rivals Stephen 
F. Austin. The Lady Demons will face Lamar tonight at 7 p.m. in the first of the 
final four games before the SLC Tournament. 

• Feb. 23: Lamar, 7 p.m. (away) 

• Feb. 25: McNeese, 3 p.m. (away) 

• Feb. 28: Texas State, 6:30 p.m. 

• Mar. 3: Texas-San Antonio, 6:30 


Dates and times of remaining games 

• Mar. 6: SLC Tournament, 7 p.m. 

• Mar. 8: SLC Tournament, 7 p.m. 
•Mar. 11: SLC Tournament, TBA 





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Upcoming in SGA 

Filing for spring elections will be from March 7 through 
March 17. Anyone running for Student Government Associa- 
tion or Student Activities Board positions can file in room 214 
of the Friedman Student Union during these dates. 

SGA senator at large positions are still available. Interested 
students can pick up applications in Room 222 of the Student 

The SGA will host a campus walk on March 9 at 6p.m. Sen- 
ators will be walking in front of the Student Union, Iberville 
Dining Hall and other places. 

The next SGA Ballroom meeting will be on March 13 at 
7p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. 

The Liberty vs. Security Debate on the Patriot Act will be on 
March 15 at 7p.m. in the A.A. Frederick's center for Creative 
and Performing Arts. Questions may be presubmitted to 
Aaron Pitre 

SGA general meetings are held on Mondays at 7p.m. in the 
Cane River Room of the Student Union. 

Free trip through NSU Express 

NSU Express is giving students a chance to win a free vaca- 
tion for two, to either New York, San Francisco, Cancun or the 

Each vacation package offers free round-trip airfare, a four- 
night hotel stay and sightseeing for two. 

The first step is to attend NSU Express events. The events 
are free and will be held during one week out of each month 
this semester. 

There will be a registration table at each event where stu- 
dents can register. 

Yonna Pasch, assistant director of student activities, is hop- 
ing that the free trip will encourage students attend the NSU 
Express events. 

"All of the programs are free, the main goal is to get stu- 
dents involved," Pasch said. 

Jeffery Mathews, director of student activities and organi- 
zations, wants students to enjoy their time here at NSU. 

"There is a myth that nothing goes on in Natchitoches, but 
there is plenty happening on our campus, Just come to the 
Student Union," Mathews said. 

Students pay fees for these types of incentives. 
"Students need to be aware that this is their money, and 
they should take advantage of it," Mathews said. 

NSU sophomore Brittney Dixon said, "I enjoy attending 
events on our campus, so the chance to win a trip is an added 

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By Jim Mustian 

Sauce Reporter 

The next round of a long-running debate over the 
controversial Patriot Act is set to take place Wednes- 
day at NSU, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in 
the A.A. Fredericks Center for Creative and Per- 
forming Arts. 

Colorado Gov. Bill Owens, a supporter of the leg- 
islation, will square off against Anthony Romero, 
the executive director of the American Civil Liber- 
ties Association, an organization fighting to reform 
provisions of the Patriot Act it believes infringe 
upon civil rights. The executive editor of The Times 
in Shreveport, Alan English, will moderate the 

The Patriot Act, a 342-page anti-terror law imple- 
mented just six weeks after the terrorist attacks of 
September 2001, grants the government the right to 
obtain highly personal information about American 
citizens, including financial, academic and medical 
records, with little to no judicial overview. 

The Act also allows the Federal Bureau of Investi- 
gations to investigate Americans for any "intelli- 
gence purposes" without probable cause and has 
permitted the wiretapping and Internet surveillance 
of suspected persons in some instances. 

Owens and Romero have conflicting views as to 
how much freedom the government should have in 

monitoring suspected "domestic terrorists" and 
whether civil liberties are jeopardized by some of 
these means. 

Owens, a Republican, has said many investiga- 
tive powers expanded in the Patriot Act already 
existed before it was passed. He has consistently 
backed the law and attributes the lack of a terrorist 
attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11 to the measures it 
has enabled. 

Romero and the ACLU consider the Patriot Act 
too high a price for security and have pushed for 
reform, arguing the law gives the Bush administra- 
tion "unwarranted and intrusive powers." 

Owens said there are several misconceptions sur- 
rounding the law and referred to it as "the least read 
and most commented upon piece of legislation in 
recent history." According to the ACLU's website, 
most of the senators who originally signed it are 
among those who "did not even read the bill." 

Accompanying the bill are a few new provisions, 
most notably one that aims to limit the amount of 
cold and allergy drugs containing methampheta- 
mine that can be purchased over the counter on a 
monthly basis, the Houston Chronicle reported 

The Patriot Act has been the topic of much dis- 
cussion on Capitol Hill recently because its 16 main 
provisions were supposed to expire Friday. Con- 
gress, however, recently approved a reauthorization 

bill ending a long period of intransigence among 

The debate Wednesday will not mark the first 
time the Patriot Act has brought Romero and 
Owens together. Romero moderated a similar 
debate hosted by the ACLU in July 2004 between 
Owens and Vermont Gov. Howard Dean. In that 
debate, Romero jokingly asked Dean to trade places 
with him after Owens' opening statements so he 
could rebut. 

The debate, Liberty vs. Security and the Patriot 
Act: How to Keep America Safe and Free, is being 
funded by the Student Government Association. 
SGA Treasurer If rah Jamil said, roughly $13,500 of 
student self-assessed fees has been set-aside for the 

SGA President Alan Sypert said the debate could 
be aired at a later date on CSPAN. "This has the 
potential to be one of the best SGA-sponsored 
events ever," he said. 

Live coverage of the debate will be available on 
the SGA's website. 

Admission to the debate is free for both NSU stu- 
dents and the public. A reception in the Hanchey 
Gallery outside of Magale Recital Hall will follow 
the debate. NSU students and faculty members can 
email ideas for questions to be asked in the debate 
to Aaron Pitre at 

Students with talent help diversify campus life 

Kyle Sutton and Mason Granger read their poetry at Poetry Night, an event that was part of NSU's Diversity University Week. 

Chris Reich/The Current Sauce 

WRAC discounts alumni 

By Katie Lopez 

News Editor 

NSU alumni who were assessed the 
Wellness, Recreation and Activities 
Center fee while they attended NSU 
will be able use the facility without 
paying the full $360 annual alumni 
membership fee. 

Panic DuBois, associate director of 
wellness, recreation sports & activi- 
ties, said, "It was a lengthy process." 

When the referendum was done in 
1998, there was apparently talk about 
whether students who paid the 

WRAC fee were unable to use the 
facility while the building was being 
constructed would be able to after 
they graduated for the amount of time 
they paid the fee, DuBois said. 

"I say 'apparently talked about' 
because that is where the problem 
happened," Dubois said. "That is why 
it took time to implement the policy, 
because it was not in written referen- 

NSU had to get permission from the 
State of Louisiana to implement this 
policy because it was not written in 
the referendum, DuBois said. 

"Basically the state's take was if it is 
not in referendum and we gave stu- 
dents free memberships, then we are 
giving students free state property," 
DuBois said. 

NSU president Randall Webb, vice 
president of student affairs Patrice 
Moulton, and former vice president 
for student affairs Danny Seymour, 
petitioned the legal council in Baton 
Rouge and checked all the legalities to 
formulate the policy that we now 

Because there was proof in past 
issues of the Current Sauce and Pot- 


pourri that this policy was talked 
about NSU was able to start imple- 
menting the policy, DuBois said. 

According, all fees paid by students 
between spring 1999 through summer 
2005 will be added up for that student 
and that total will be put toward their 
alumni membership upon graduation 
from NSU. 

The alumni membership for a year 
is $360. If a student paid the WRAC 
fee for two semesters, they get $150off 
the original alumni fee, DuBois 

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The policy is effective through 
December 31, 2009 and will cover 
every student that has paid the fee. 
The policy does not end in 2009, 
but getting credit for paying the 
fee ends in 2009. 

"You have to be an alumni to 
receive credit. Which means that 
you have to have graduated from 
NSU," Dubois said. 

Alumnus Brandon MeKee said, 
he is happy that he does not have 
to pay the full $360 fee to work out 
at the WRAC and will now be able 
to enjoy the facility. 

"I paid the WRAC fee all four 
years of college. I feel like it's 
owed to me," MeKee said. 

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NSU Night 

Students & Faculty 
bring your NSU ID 

Chris Reich/the Current Sauce 

The new NSU track is still not complete which has added some controvery over when the first home track meet will occur. 

Home track meet cancelled 

By Kristi L. George 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU senior track star Marcus 
Pitre will never get to showcase his 
talents in front of a home crowd. 

NSU was set to host a track 
meet Wednesday, but with delays 
in finishing the track, the meet, 
which would have been the first in 
four years, was cancelled. 

Construction began in early 
August on the renovation of Walter 
Ledet Track and Field Complex. 
Track and field coach Leon Johnson 
said the renovation's cost will be a 
little under $1.1 million. 

Johnson said he was very disap- 
pointed the seniors will be graduat- 
ing without having a home meet. 

The track was supposed to be 
finished in four months to allow 
NSU to host track meets, but work- 
ers experienced delays involving 
weather conditions and contract 

Johnson said, "When we got this 
project started a year ago, we were 
originally told the track would be 
finished in November to give us 
time to have track meets in the 
spring, but with all the delays it just 
didn't happen." 

Johnson said if the weather stays 
good the track will be finished in 
three or four weeks, but Pitre said 
the track delays are nothing new 
for him. 

"I'm used to it. I've been told 
about us getting a new track before 
I even arrived at NSU on my 
recruiting trip back in 2002. When I 
actually saw the construction my 
hopes were up, just to be shot right 
back down. Here it's 2006 and still 
the delays. For me it's been a four- 
year delay, Pitre said. 

Pitre said he is disappointed the 
meet was cancelled and that he will 
never get to showcase his talents in 
front of a home crowd. 

"I won't ever get to experience 
the feeling of having a track meet at 
home because this school has been 
unable to fork over the funds to 
build a track until the year I am 
leaving. I am pretty mad that I will 
be graduating in May and never 
have competed here at all," said 

Freshman track runner, Keith 
Domingue said it is a shame the 
seniors will not have a chance to 
have a home meet. 

"That's the highlight of any and 
every athlete, to be able to run on 

your home field so family and 
friends can see your skills. I really 
do feel bad for them," he said. 

Pitre said he hopes fans will sup- 
port the track athletes once the ren- 
ovation process is done. 
"Fans would love to support 
Demon and Lady Demon track and 
field. I have been asked in the past 
year when the track would be fin- 
ished so that they could come see 
us perform at a home meet," Pitre 

Johnson agrees with Pitre and 
said the track renovation is a com- 
munity project. 

This community really wants us 
to have a home track meet. The city 
of Natchitoches is behind us 100 
percent," said Johnson. 

So far Pitre has finished the 
indoor track season, placing third 
in the 400- meter run and second in 
1600 meter relay. 

This past weekend Pitre failed to 
qualify for the NCAA Indoor 
Championships after finishing sec- 
ond in the 400 with a time of 49.25 
seconds. The qualifying mark was 

The outdoor track season begins 
on March 18 at the ULL Invitation- 
al in Lafayette, La. 

2007 budget request to 
increase student loan 
limits and interest rates 

By David Dinsmore 

Sauce Reporter 

President Bush's 2007 fiscal year budget request 
held both good and bad news for NSU students, with 
loan limits rising with their interest rates. 

"The loan limits' increasing, I think it's great. It's 
going to enable several more people to go to college," 
said Misti Adams, director of financial aid. 

Adams said the Federal Family Education Loan pro- 
gram, which includes the Stafford loans, both subsi- 
dized and unsubsidized, will undergo the limit 
increases. These increases are set to go into effect in 
July 2007. 

Freshmen will be allowed to borrow up to $3,500 for 
the first year, an increase of $875, and the sophomore 
limit will increase from $3,500 to $4,500, Adams said. 

However, though the limits may go up, so will the 
interest rates on the Stafford loans and the Parent Loan 
for Undergraduate Students. Adams said the rates are 
now variable, the rate on the Stafford loan being 
"around 5.0 percent," but will soon be fixed at 6.8 per- 
cent, and the rate will rise to 8.5 percent on the PLUS. 

Adams met in a web conference with the U.S. 
Department of Education through the National Stu- 
dent Loan Program on Feb. 22 to discuss the effects of 
the proposal on NSU students. 

According to the Department of Education's web- 

site, the budget proposal also asks for the recall of the 
federal portion of the Perkins Loan program, which 
estimates to $664 million. This is a far cry from last 
year's request to cancel the program. 

The Perkins program is designed to combine both 
federal and school funds to create a loan for applicants 
to receive. This loan can be cancelled and the school 
participating reimbursed if the borrower takes a job in 
"certain public, military, or teaching service employ- 
ment," according to the Department of Education's 
website. The money the school receives for these reim- 
bursements goes back into the Perkins account at the 
institution in order to create new loan options. 

The recall of the federal portion of this program is 
the course of action proposed by the administration 
while it works alongside Congress to decide the fate of 
the program itself, according to the department of edu- 
cation's website. 

Adams said the Perkins program at NSU awards 125 
students with up to $4,000 a year. However, she said 
that none of that money is federally contributed, so she 
was not sure whether NSU would be affected by the 

Unlike student loans, programs such as work-study 
assistance and Pell Grant limits will remain the same, 
though the Department of Education's website said 
that the budget will provide the Pell Grant to 60,000 
more students nationwide. 

NSU Police Blotter 

3:48 p.m. 

A call was made about 
a vehicle parked off the 
road in front of the presi- 
dent's house. It was 
nowhere to be seen when 
police arrived. 


12:00 a.m i 

A distress alarm came 
from the basement of the 
natatorium. Everything 
checked out fine when 
police investigated. 

10:25 a.m. 

An official at Universi- 
ty Place phoned in the 
discovery of $5 worth of 
marijuana, otherwise 
known as a nickel bag. 


4:03 p.m. 

An officer helped free a 
key that was stuck in a 
door at the C-store. 


11:30 a.m. 

Maintenance personnel 
at the Family and Con- 
sumer Sciences building 
asked police to relay a 
message to Interface Secu- 
rity to disable the base- 

ment fire alarm because it 
was sounding that morn- 

6:13 p.m i 

A fight broke out 
between two guys in the 
stands at the softball field. 
Both left when the police 
got there. 


1:10 p.m. 

A medical emergency 
was reported at Russell 
Hall. The subject asked 
that a school nurse arrive 
before an ambulance is 
called. Once the nurse 
showed up with an offi- 
cer, an ambulance was 
called. However, the sub- 
ect refused to be trans- 
ported once the ambu- 
ance got there. 


11:50 a.m. 

Animal control was 
called to remove a dog 
from Friedman Student 

4:35 p.m. 

Unit 59 had baked fish 
at Iberville Dining Hall. 
Unit 51 declined to join 

David Dinsmore 

Criminal Justice 
program hosts 
golf tournament 

By David Dinsmore 

Sauce Reporter 

The Department of Criminal Jus- 
tice will host a golf tournament 
March 11 in order to raise money 
for two scholarship programs. 

According to a release by the 
department, the first-ever Frank C. 
Kyle & Glen Devanie Criminal Jus- 
tice Memorial Scholarships golf 
tournament will be held at the 
Northwestern Hills Golf Course on 
Mar. 11, with tee off at 8 a.m. The 
tournament will be a two-person 

Entry forms can be found on the 
criminal justice department's web- 
site. These forms, along with the 
$50 entry fee need to be returned to 
Kyser Hall room 343C. Additional 
donations for the scholarship will 
also be accepted. 

Shirley Snyder, assistant profes- 
sor in the criminal justice depart- 
ment, said the tournament is 
designed to raise money for the 
Frank C. Kyle and Glen Devanie 
Criminal Justice Memorial scholar- 
ships, which will be awarded to 

three criminal justice majors for the 
2006-2007 academic year. 

A lunch will be provided at an 
awards ceremony after the tourna- 
ment. Prizewinners will include 
the first-and second-place teams, 
one "closest to the hole" prize and 
one "longest drive" prize, accord- 
ing to the release. 

Snyder said Frank C. Kyle was 
an assistant professor in the crimi- 
nal justice department who died 
last year. Thus will be the first year 
a memorial scholarship for Kyle 
will be offered to criminal justice 

Glen Devanie was a criminal jus- 
tice major at NSU who died in the 
line of duty while working with 
the Alexandria City Marshals. 

Snyder said the two memorial 
scholarships were made possibk 
last year by donations from indi- 
viduals and groups who wanted to 
honor the memory of Devanie and 

Each scholarship is worth $500 
per academic year and students 
can only receive them one tim& 
according to the criminal justice 

NSU students have access to 
new technology on campus 

By Chris Reich 

Sauce Reporter 

Jennifer Long, coordinator of stu- 
dent technology, has the responsi- 
bility to ensure that students have 
access to new technology, which 
includes laptops, PDAs, digital pro- 
jectors, digital cameras, digital 
video cameras and USB ZIP drives. 

Long's office is located in Watson 
Library and is adjacent to the main 
student computer lab in the library. 
There are four Apple computers, 
each equipped for video editing, 
audio creation, DVD authoring, 

web design, graphics creation and 
photographic manipulation. 

"We wanted to offer any student 
what they would need to do any 
type of project," explained Long. 

"They're not the only ones that 
do that type of project. The educa- 
tional technology students they 
have to do projects too. So we were 
trying to do everything that stu- 
dents may need overall, she said." 

To check out any of the equip- 
ment, students must first fill out a 
three-page form. Students have 
seven days to use the equipment 
before they have to turn it back in 
by 10 a.m. on the seventh day. 

After being late to turn the equip- 
ment in three times, the student's 
privilege is revoked. 

The students also have to wait 
seven days between turning in the 
equipment and checking it out 
again, Long added. 

The laptops are the equipment 
most used by students and are 
rarely checked in at the library for 
more than a day. The other equip- 
ment is used by students but is not 
in as high demand as the laptops. 
The PDAs spend the least amount 
of time checked out because by the 
time students are able to complete- 
ly input their information, they 

have to return the PDAs, Long said. 

The Apple systems were bought 
after a group of Creative and Per- 
forming Arts students came to 
request that the library install sys- 
tems similar to the ones in the 
CAPA graphics lab. While 
installing the systems, the decision 
was made to install the video and 
web software as well said Long. 

Long's department also handles 
the web space allotted for students. 

Each student has 50 megabytes 
of storage space allotted for his or 
her use. Students can use the stor- 
age for anything that is school relat- 
ed, including presentations and 

papers, added Long. 

The storage also doubles as web 1 
space for students to use for pef 
sonal websites for class or for use a* 
an online portfolio of that student ■ 

The student technology fee th* 
each student pays in the beginniJ^ 
of each semester pays for all th* 
equipment. Students have final s$ 
on what their tech fees pay for, at* 
all suggestions on other services *" 
offer can be directed to Jennit^ 
Long. The student tech fee is fi^ 
dollars per credit hour, not 
exceed one hundred dollars 

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Thursday, March 9, 2006 - The Current Sauce - News Section 

NSU tuition and fees to increase again 

By Leigh Gentry 

Sauce Reporter 

The cost of attending NSU 
has changed over the years, 
and a brand new increase is 
already in the works. 

Tuition is merely a sum of 
all kinds of fees. According to 
the NSU Office of Recruiting, 
last semester's fees for full- 
time, in-state students totaled 

$1,696.60 while out-of-state 
students paid $4,735.60. 

These amounts included 
the registration fee of 
$1,528.60, the student insur- 
ance fee of $9.50, the student 
association fee of $133.50, and 
the health services fee of 
$25all of which are the same 
for both in-state and out-of- 
state students. The out-of- 
state fee is a whopping $3,039. 

Another thing to consider is 
the cost of room and board. 

Students are required to 
live on campus for a certain 
amount of time and buy a 
meal plan. 

The costs of a double room 
and the highest meal plan 
combined were $1,875, but 
the cost of the dorms has 
increased for the spring 
semester of 2006. 

Jennifer Kelly from Auxil- 
iary Services said a double 
room increased from $1,025 in 
the fall to $1,239 this semester 
in order to cover the increase 
in gas and electricity bills 
after the Hurricanes Katrina 
and Rita. 

The cost of attending NSU 
with the costs of books, park- 
ing permit and application fee 
can add up to $3571.60 for 

students from Louisiana and 
$6610.60 for out-of-state stu- 

Janis Davis from the Office 
of Student Accounting & 
Cashiering said these costs 
have gradually increased over 
the years. There has been an 
overall dramatic change even 
since the mid-90's. Tuition for 
the fall semester of 1996 
added up to $1,028.50, which 

grew by $60 for the next year 
due to an increase in the regis- 
tration fee. 
To attend NSU in the fall of 

1998, an in-state student paid 
$1,103.50, then $1,159.50 in 

1999. The new millennium 
brought higher costs along 
with it; students paid 
$1,316.30 in the fall of 2001 
and $1,322.50. Fall 2003 cost 
$1,487.80, but tuition 

increased to $1,605.58 in 2004. 

Tuition is not the only cost 
that has changed. The total for 
room and board in 1996 was 
$1,128. This increased by 
about $100 a year until reach- 
ing $1,838 a semester for in- 
state students in 2004. Seven 
hundred dollars in eight years 
is a huge difference to a col- 
lege student. 

NSU professor represents 'Project Vote Smart' 

By Kayla Brossett 

Sauce Reporter 

"Democracy is not easy, 
you have to take time to 

That is what Alex 
Aichinger, professor of politi- 
cal science at Northwestern 
State University, said when 
asked about his position as 
one of two Louisiana repre- 
sentatives on the Project Vote 
Smart Key Advisory Board. 

Project Vote Smart is a 
national non-partisan, non- 
profit organization that pro- 
vides information to voters 
about candidates, elected 
officials and election issues. 

Aichinger will focus more 

on Louisiana legislature in an 
attempt to educate voters on 
how to make informed deci- 
sions about the future of the 

"Research is valuable to the 
extent that the voters take 
what they have learned and 
use it for themselves," 
Aichinger said. "Project Vote 
Smart will try to list votes 
taken by legislators on key 
issues so that voters will be 
able to compare what mem- 
bers of the state legislature 
say to what they actually do." 

Project Vote Smart would 
like to inform voters of what 
elected officials have done by 
providing unbiased and 

accurate information in five 
key categories: issue posi- 
tions, voting records, biogra- 
phical information, campaign 
finances and interest group 

"A well informed voter is 
consistently a more effective 
voter," Aichinger said. 

"The organization is 
worthwhile and it makes an 
effort to educate voters on 
what elected officials have 
actually done," said 

The organization will be 
offering summer internships 
for college students with any 

Annual Literary Rally brings high-schoolers to campus 

By Kristen Alexander 

Sauce Reporter 

Saturday NSU will be 
administering the testing of 
46 surrounding high schools 
as the Counseling and Career 
Services hosts the annual Dis- 
trict Literary Rally. 

Testing will begin at 9 a.m. 
and last until 12:20 p.m. 

Director of Counseling and 
Career Services office, Rebec- 
ca Boone, said schools partici- 
pating in the testing are stu- 

dents from surrounding high 
schools as well as one junior 
high school that will be com- 
peting for the first time. 

Schools are separated into 
five divisions based on popu- 

Students are allowed to test 
in no more than two of the 49 
areas that are offered and 
almost 4,000 tests are expect- 
ed to be given out. 

"This isn't something you 
plan for in just a couple of 
weeks, not only do the stu- 

dents have to prepare, but we 
here at the University also 
have to prepare," Boone said. 

Testing will take place all 
over the campus with the 
administering done by NSU 
faculty and staff. 

"It's a campus wide effort, a 
lot of people help out and we 
couldn't do it without the 
cooperation of everyone," 
Boone said. 

Students who place high in 
their category win a medal. 
Students who place the high- 

est qualify for the State Rally 
on April 22 at LSU. 

There will be school team 
competitions in which 
schools can win a plaque, be 
chosen as a sweepstakes win- 
ner and also begin working 
toward available scholar- 

To qualify for the scholar- 
ships students have to meet 
certain criteria during high 
school, such as maintaining a 
2.5 grade point average. 

NSU is not the only univer- 

sity hosting a rally Saturday, 
five or six other universities 
and colleges in Louisiana will 
also be providing these serv- 
ices to high school students. 

New Orleans usually pro- 
vides these services every 
year but due to the hurricanes 
those students who would 
have normally enrolled at the 
University of New Orleans 
are now registered to test at 
South Eastern Louisiana Uni- 

There will be no 
March 1 6th 
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Getting a taste 

from right here in Natchitoches... 


By Katie Lopez 

News Editor 

From Chardonnay to Merlot NSU students along 
with Natchitoches residents enjoyed the many tastes 
of wines offered at the wine appreciation class held 
during the spring semester. 

Lynn Woods, professor of hospitality 
mnagement and tourism, teaches the class and said 
the wine appreciation class is designed to help people 
have a better understanding of wine. Students in the 
class also learn how to pronounce names of wine, 
which foods to pair a wine with and learning how to 
read labels. 

People also learn, when they take the class, about 
growing grapes to make wine. Such as in France only 
certain grapes can be grown in certain regions, 
whereas we can grow grapes anywhere in America, 
Woods said. 

"The focus of the class is to compare the great 
wines of Europe against our U.S. wines and this year, 
in addition to French and American wines, we will 
also featured Australian wines," Woods said. 

Woods said people who take the class also get to 

taste premiere wines, learn to appreciate wine and 
meet new people. 

Adam Carter a senior hospitality management and 
tourism major said he took the wine appreciation 
class to have a better understanding of wine. 

"I now have an understanding of how to drink 
wine and also understand the process of making it," 
Carter said. 

To take the class students have to be 21 years of age 
and pay the $80.00 fee, that covers the five glasses of 
wine that each person gets to try during each session 
of the six week course. 

Since alcohol is not allowed on campus the class is 
held at the Natchitoches Event Center located down 
Second Street. It begins on the last Thursday in Janu- 
ary and continues for six weeks after that. 

The wine appreciation class has concluded for the 
semester, but anyone interested in the class can apply 
in November to take part in the wine tasting experi- 

"We usually have 10 NSU students and about 70 
people from the town of Natchitoches that take the 
class. It feels up pretty quickly/' Woods said. 

Graphic by Larrie King/the Current Sauce 

Students hoping to cure cancer one step at a time 

By Kayla Brossett 

Sauce Reporter 

If someone can survive cancer 
we can walk 250 miles. 

That is the philosophy for the 
participants in "Curing America 
One Step at a Time," a walk to raise 
money for the Natchitoches chap- 
ter of the American Cancer Society. 

The members of the organiza- 
tion, a majority of which are NSU 
students, will walk from Natchi- 
toches City Hall to Berwick, LA 
near Houma starting May 12. They 
have estimated that the trip will 
take about 9 days so they will be 
sleeping in churches and tents 
throughout the week. 

Timothy Gattie, the public rela- 
tions representative of the group, 

said, "Everyone has an experience 
with cancer whether it is directly or 
indirectly. It is the third leading 
cause of death in the U.S. and indis- 
criminate of whom it takes." 

Patrons can make a donation for 
every mile that they walk and all 
funds will be given directly to the 
American Cancer Society here in 
Natchitoches. The organization 
will also need donations of water 
and supplies for their actual trip. 

Jeremiah McMillan, co-founder 
of the organization said, "Everyone 
that is participating has had a per- 
sonal experience with cancer. The 
American Cancer Association eases 
the financial obligations of a cancer 
patient and continues to search for 
a cure, so we would like to do 
whatever we can to support their 


The organization is also compil- 
ing a list of names including sur- 
vivors and victims of the disease. 
They will conduct a candlelight 
prayer vigil every night that they 

For information about how you 
can participate in the upcoming 
walk, add a name to the list of sur- 
vivors and victims or donate 
money and supplies, contact Jere- 
miah McMillan at (210) 232-1835 or 
Timothy Gattie at (318) 663-2461. 

There is also a club on Face- dedicated to the organi- 
zation where students can learn 
more about the American Cancer 
Society or get in touch with the 

Review: 'Ain't I a Woman' helps students celebrate women of color 

Teranda Donatto/the Current Sauce 

Li z Mikal and the core ensemeble performed in "Ain't I a Woman" on Tuesday. The show celebrated significant changes made in history by African-American women 

By Lacie Jackson 

Sauce Reporter 

"Ain't I a Woman," a play pre- 
sented by the NSU Diversity Uni- 
versity Committee was a triumph. 
Over 250 NSU students, faculty, 
and members of the community 
filled the A. A. Fredericks Center on 
Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. to celebrate 
the lives and times of four African- 
American women: Sojourner 
Truth, Zora Neale Hurston, 
Clementine Hunter, and Fannie 
Lou Hamer. 

"Ain't I a Woman" honors these 
women of remarkable achieve- 

The play honors these women by 
drawing attention to specific choic- 
es and decisions in their lives. The 
play demonstrates how each 
woman overcame personal or 
political challenges and was able to 
achieve astonishing goals living in 
an American society often 
unfriendly to social tolerance and 

The musical score that unifies 
the piece is drawn from the heart- 
felt spirituals and blues of the Deep 
South, the Jazz Age, and contem- 
porary concert music as well. 

Dorcas Brandon, a senior 
education major, said, "It's great to 
have a play like this come to our 

The music was nice, and I could 
really identify with the characters 
in the play." 

Solo actress Elizabeth 
Mikel performed comical portray- 
als of all four African-American 
pioneers. Mikel has appeared on 
stages at The Black Academy of 
Arts and Letters, The Dallas Reper- 
tory Theater, and The Dallas The- 
ater Center, among others. She has 
also appeared in the independent 
films "In the Water" and "78." 

"I'd rather take to the stage," 
said Mikel, "It's my first home." 

Mikel has been performing since 
age six when she trained in dance 
under Ann Williams, the founder 
of the Dallas Black Dance Theater. 

Akin Babatunde, the director the 
play, was present and said, "Liz 
has a unique gift for capturing her 
audience, which is a grand gift for 
a human being to have." 

"Ain't I a Woman/' was named 
after a speech written by Sojourner 
Truth in 1851 and has been per- 
formed internationally. 

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Mardi Gras in New Orleans turns out better than expected 

By Andi Bass 

Sauce Reporter 

Overflowing trash bins, stagger- 
ing drunks, fanciful floats and 
laughter filled the streets of New 
Orleans this past week during the 
150th celebration of Mardi Gras. 

On average one million people 
attend Mardi Gras annually; how- 
ever, this year that number was 
down to 350,000, according to a 
report by Rukmini Callimachi in 
the Washington Times. 

This may be in part because this 
year only 15,000 rather than 38,000 
hotel rooms were available for 
tourist occupancy. Some NSU stu- 
dents who attended the celebration 

avoided the trouble of finding hotel 
rooms by staying with friends. 

Evan McCormick, a senior busi- 
ness administration major, stayed 
at a friends house in the city. 

"It was definitely smaller [than 
the one two years ago], but there 
was a lot better turnout than I 
though there would be," he said of 
this year's celebration. 

The city has received some criti- 
cism regarding whether the $2.7 
million put into the festivities was 
well spent when the city is already 
$120 million in debt, and there are 
still nearly 200,000 hurricane vic- 
tims unable to return to their 
homes, according Matt Davis of 
BBC News. 

Freshman psychology major and 
New Orleans native Lauren Lan- 
genstein believes that the festival 
still needed to be held. 

"It was a great idea to have 
Mardi Gras," she said. "It brought 
attention to the city as well as 
tourist dollars." 

Although revenue totals are not 
yet available, McCormick noted 
that "they should have had it. It let 
everyone know the city was still 
there, and it was a good opportuni- 
ty for the business in the area." 

McCormick said signs of the hur- 
ricane were hard to find in the area. 

"In the French Quarter, it hardly 
looks like anything happened," 
McCormick said. 

Reminders of the of the devasta- 
tion caused nearly six months ago 
were never far away, though. 

McCormick said some of the 
parades had Federal Emergency 
Management Agency-themed 
floats. There is still massive devas- 
tation in the Ninth Ward and the 
marina area which he and his 
friends toured. 

The city and its residents must 
now return to the difficult job of 
rebuilding a ravaged city but Mardi 
Gras was a throwback to old times 
for many, even if for only a week. 

"We needed a break, we needed 
to have fun for a few days," Lan- 
genstein said.. 

Andi Bass/the Current Sauce 

Mardi Gras in New Orleans was expected to have a lower attendance then years 
before due to the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. 

Fashionable Focus 

Ever had to take a really impor- 
tant trip to a big city and not know 
what to pack? 

I'm having that problem right 
now: deciding what to bring for my 
upcoming trip to New York City. 

There are so many things to con- 
sider when packing for a huge trip 
like this. I don't want look like a 
complete hick while strutting the 
streets of Manhattan, but I don't 
want to end up back in my hotel 
with feet that are killing me or 
shoulders with icicles on them. 

I'm hoping to do a lot of sight 
seeing and going to a lot of trendy 
places while in the city, so there are 
lots of options in wardrobe that I 
need to consider. 

Are you planning a trip soon? 
Take some of these things into con- 
sideration when deciding what to 
bring with you on your excursion 
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The Weather 

Duh. This is a given. When plan- 
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arrival city before you leave. If it's 
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warm things. But remember, the 
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maybe a fleece or puffy vest and a 
warm coat. You'll also want to 
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or an earband — keeping your head 
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Opinions Editor 




Supreme Court to law schools 

By Willim Housel 

Sociology Professor 

open sesame why words 

are phuny 

On Monday, the United States 
Supreme Court overturned a deci- 
sion by a lower court in the First 
Amendment case Rumsfeld v. 
Forum for Academic and Institu- 
tional Rights (FAIR), 04-1152. 

FAIR, representing a consortium 
of law schools, wanted to challenge 
a law called the Solomon Amend- 
ment, which requires universities 
getting federal money to grant mil- 
itary recruiters access that is equal 
to any other recruiters on campus. 

The schools, having a policy of 
nondiscrimination on the basis of 
sexual orientation, said that associ- 
ating their schools with the military, 
which has a policy excluding gays 
from military service, infringed on 
their First Amendment right to free- 
dom of association. 

FAIR'S case was based on four 
legal precedents. 

West Virginia Board of Education 

"West Virginia Board of Educa- 
tion v. Barnette was a freedom of 

speech case in which the court 
decided that students couldn't be 
forced to pledge allegiance to the 

flag, since compelling speech 

would clearly violate the First 

v. Barnette was a freedom of speech 
case in which the court decided that 
students couldn't be forced to 
pledge allegiance to the flag, since 
compelling speech would clearly 
violate the First Amendment. 

Wooley v. Maynard was another 
free speech case in which a Jeho- 
vah's Witness objected to the state's 
motto on his license plate, since it 
violated his religious beliefs. 

The Supreme Court ruled that no 
such violation occurred in this case 
because no one was being com- 
pelled to speech. 

The court also found that the 
Solomon Amendment does not 
force the schools to "accept mem- 
bers they do not desire," which did 
occur in Boy Scouts of America v. 
Dale, another case dealing with 
freedom of association. The scouts 
argued that forcing the group to 

Retarded comic by Raymond Billy, Jr, Opinions Editor 

accept a gay Scoutmaster violated 
their right to freedom of associa- 

The members of the court, 
regarding Monday's court rulling, 
said "recruiters are, by definition, 
outsiders who come onto campus 
for the limited purpose of trying to 
hire students — not to become 
members of the school's expressive 

The court found that allowing 
military recruiters on campus does 
not mean that the schools agree 
with their standards, and Solomon 
does not prevent schools from 
protesting military policies even as 
the recruits are on campus. 

The fourth case FAIR tried to use 
as legal precedent was Hurley v. 
Irish-American Gay, Lesbian and 
Bisexual Group of Boston, Inc. In 
that case, there was a clear interfer- 
ence with the speaker's ability to 
deliver his message. 

The court found that the schools 
themselves are not speaking during 
recruiting receptions, so the pres- 
ence of military recruiters does not 
interfere with the school's ability 
protest military policy. 

The court's decision in this case 
was correct. The Solomon Amend- 
ment offers a quid pro quo, some- 
thing for something. Colleges and 
universities in the United States 

receive about $35 billion yearly 
from the federal government, it 
seems hypocritical to take some- 
one's money and then deny them 
access for recruiting purposes. 

Allowing military access for 
recruiting does not commit the 
schools to anything beyond that, 
and does not associate them with 
the military. 

While it is laudable that the 
schools do not discriminate on basis 
of sexual preference, "don't ask, 
don't tell" has been upheld in the 
past, and individually no one is 
forced to associate with the 
recruiters if they choose not to. 

The government sees the pres- 

ence of military recruiters in this 
case as a matter of national security: 
recruiters need to be able to do their 
job if we are to maintain our mili- 
tary. The reasoning behind "don't 
ask, don't tell" has been found rea- 
sonable, even if some don't agree 
with this government policy. 

The law schools can certainly feel 
free to disagree with the policy 
without restriction, which leaves 
the final decision up to the students 

For more on this case, as well as 
other Supreme Court cases on the Cor- 
nell Law School web site at 

Aaron's back for more laughs 

By Aaron Pizani 

Sauce Columnist 

I don't mean to bum you out, but I want to 
talk about death. If s an important subject 
because it pertains to all of us. Scientific stud- 
ies have shown that you're probably going to 
die. You could drop dead at any moment of 
any day. Be afraid. Be very afraid. 

I'm just joking. Don't be afraid. In fact, you 
might as well just get over it now because 
death is inevitable. I don't mean to freak you 
°ut, but death is pretty funny to me. Not nec- 
essarily the death itself, but how people react 
to it. 

I believe in an afterlife. Most people do. 
But then death, along with public speaking, is 
the biggest fear among Americans. That 

seems weird to me. 

Let's take the Freaky Train down to Mor- 
bid-ville for a minute. Here are a couple of 
scenarios on how I want to 
die. Yes, I've put that much ~" — ~ ~ 
thought into it. 

Death by joke: I want to 
hear a joke that makes me 
laugh so hard I suffocate on 
it. I want to bend over in 
laughter and then keel over 
dead. I would love it if my 
life's only purpose was to 
seek out that one joke that 
was so funny it killed me. 

Death by assassination: I want to be an 
imposing force on the world. We all want to 
feel like we're important, but I want to be 
killed for it. I want to make sure my life is like 
a force of nature on the planet, and someone 
has to kill me to get me out of the way. 

Death by meteor impact: That's my num- 
ber one way to go. I'm hoping and praying 
that there is a massive piece of space rock out 
there with my name on it. I obviously don't 

want anyone else to get hurt, so let's just say 
a few decades from now I'll be wandering 
around a field outside of civilization some- 

where and then BAM! 

~" — Literally out with a 
bang. It's the best way to 
go. There is no mess 
except for the meteor. No 
fuss. No pain, and no 
cost for cremation. And 
I'm sure to make it on the 

I can imagine that peo- 
ple would say, "Man, 
~~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ " — ~ that Aaron Pizani. You 
know, he almost suffocated on a joke one 
time, and then someone tried to assassinate 
him. He still wouldn't die. It took a giant rock 
from space to finally take him out. The uni- 
verse killed him." 

I should note that I also believe God has a 
sense of humor, no matter how much I knock 
on wood. So, if after this article is published, 
you hear a loud explosion somewhere out- 
side of town, you'll know what happened. 

"I can imagine that people would 
say, "Man, that Aaron Pizani. You 
know, he almost suffocated on a 
joke one time, and then someone 
tried to assassinate him. He still 
wouldn't die. It took a giant rock 
from space to finally take him out 
The universe killed him.'" 

Thinking about death can teach you a lot 
about life. For instance, I'm not scared of pub- 
lic speaking, and I'm obviously not scared of 
death. So what else is there to be afraid of? 

Things like worrying, anger and anxious- 
ness just seem kind of useless. I always ask 
myself in any situation, "What's the worst 
that could happen?" If it isn't going to kill 
you, what is there to worry about? 

So you get rejected. You look stupid. 
Maybe you completely embarrass yourself. 
You'll still be breathing and walking around, 
so what's the problem? A while ago I just 
decided to get really good at embarrassing 
myself. I know that sometimes I'm really stu- 
pid, so why try to hide it? 

But, really, this article isn't about death. It's 
about life. To sum it all up bluntly: you better 
enjoy every bit of the ride because at the end 
of it, you die. I want my epitaph to say "He 
lived life so hard he broke it." 

Aaron Pizani is a history major 

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By Aaron Pizani 

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It was brought to my attention 
that I may have made a hypocriti- 
cal comment in my article on 
racism. When I said, referring to 
my hypothetical business called 
"Pizani-moto's," that anything 
sounds Japanese when you put 
"moto" after it, I certainly did not 
have the intention of making fun of 
Japanese people. 

It is absolutely below me to 
make racist comments. However, I 
don't apologize for the comment 
because I was not making fun of 
Japanese people: I was making fun 
of the language. Language, any 
language, is funny to me. 

After struggling the last six 
years to learn the Japanese lan- 
guage, I realized how crazy it is. 
Most of all, I realized how crazy 
English is, too. 

How humans put together a 
string of sounds in a certain way, 
attach meaning to them, and then 
attach feeling to them, I have no 
idea. We just do it, and it comes 

While studying another lan- 
guage, and learning more about 
my own, I can't help but thank 
God that I grew up speaking Eng- 
lish, because it has got to be the 
most insane language on the plan- 
et. All the evidence I need to pres- 
ent to you is this: "tough," 
"rough," "enough," "through," 
and "weigh." 

Apparently, through the devel- 
oping history of our language, the 
letters "g" and "h" felt like they 
weren't getting enough action. So, 
they butted into words they 

"Apparently, through the 
developing history of our lan- 
guage, the letters "g" and "h" felt 
like they weren"t getting enough 

weren't even needed in. 

And there they rest, high (there's 
another one) and mighty (another 
one??), basking in the torment they 
cause elementary school children. 

Learning a second language can 
be very humbling. 

Suppose you were somehow 
dropped into the middle of China, 
Thailand, Egypt or Greece. You, 
my articulate friend with a vocabu- 
lary that could rival the dictionary; 
would be considered illiterate. Can 
you read Greek? Then you can't 
read in Greece, can you? 

In other countries where English 
is spoken you might be literate, but 
would they think you were deaf? 
"Huh? What did you say?" 

Once, in high school, I attended 
the birthday party of a Chinese 
exchange student who had invited 
other exchange students. Here I am 
in the middle of Smalltown, 
Louisiana and ironically I was the 
only American in the building. 

My new Chinese, Japanese and 
German friends at the party had 
thick accents, but I could under- 
stand them pretty well. 

Then I met a girl from New 
Zealand. Although she spoke Eng- 
lish, I was never able to under- 
stand a word she said. 

There was nothing wrong with 
her English. In New Zealand they 
understand her perfectly. But my 
American ears were working over- 
time, trying to understand the dif- 
ferent pronunciations and accents 
she used for the same words that I 
use everyday. 

I believe it says something about 
the human spirit when there is 
such a diversity of languages, and 
such diversity within the same lan- 
guage that we all get along as well 
as we do. I think a lot of that comes 
from the fact that all of us under- 
stand how funny language can be. 
I say "tomato-moto" you say 

Aaron Pizani is a history major 

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Demons advance to Semis 

NSU takes down UTSA Roadrunners 75-61 Tuesday night in Pratherl 

Courtesy of Sports Information 

With five players scoring in double fig- 
ures, SLC regular-season basketball cham- 
pion NSU tied its single-season record for 
wins Tuesday night by dispatching 
eighth-seeded Texas-San Antonio 75-61 in 
the quarterfinals of the O'Reilly Auto 
Parts SLC Tournament. 

NSU, 23-7, matching the win total of 
three other Demons teams, advanced to 
Thursday's 7 p.m. semifinal round against 
sixth-seeded Lamar, 17-13, a 68-65 upset 
winner at third-seeded Southeastern. 

The Demons beat the Cardinals 80-67 in 
Natchitoches two weeks earlier in the only 
regular-season matchup between the 

The Demons' senior point guard Tyronn 
Mitchell scored a team-high 14 points and 
the school' career steals leader added five 
to his record total. He sank six of eight 
shots from the floor and handed out four 
assists as 2,930 fans in Prather Coliseum 
watched NSU move to 12-0 this year and 
27-2 over the past two seasons on its 

Senior center Byron Allen added 13 
points, making five of six shots from the 
floor and three of four on free throws. He 
also grabbed six rebounds. 

Senior forward Clifton Lee posted his 



Chris Reich/The Current Sauce 

Senior guard Tyronn Mitchell moves to score while a UTSA player moves to block in Tuesday night's SLC game. The game against the Roadrunners 
was the SLC opening; NSU will continue the tournament with the semi-finals game against the Lamar Cardinals tonight at 7 p.m. in Prather Coliseum. 

13th career double-double with 13 points 
and a game-high 11 rebounds. Senior 
guard Jermaine Wallace added 11 points 
and senior forward Kerwin Forges con- 
tributed 10 off the bench. 

UTSA, 11-17, got 14 points by Aldric 
Reynolds and 13 points and 10 rebounds 
from Andre Owens. Eric Young added 10 

points for the Roadrunners, who shot a 
measly 33 percent from the floor and 
made 20 turnovers, 14 in the first half 
while falling behind 30-24. 

The Demons moved on top three min- 
utes into the game and never trailed again, 
although they were unable to pull away 
from the Roadrunners until the waning 

minutes. UTSA drew within 52-51 with 
8:55 remaining, but Wallace — the 
Demons' career 3-point leader — drained 
his only 3-pointer of the night 11 seconds 
later to pad the lead. 

The margin gradually moved to 10, 64- 
54 with 4:14 left on a pair of Allen free 
throws. The lead was never less than 11 in 

the final 3:17 and was as big as 16 with a 
half-minute remaining. 

By posting their 23rd win, the Demons 
matched the total recorded by NSUteams 
in 1948-49 (23-5), 1953-54 (23-9) and 1959- 
60 (23-5). 

The teams met for the second time in 
five days. They ended the regular season 
Friday in San Antonio with the Demons 
posting an 85-64 victory. 

"We knew it would be a hard-fought 
game because that's just how competitive 
UTSA is," said seventh-year NSU coach 
Mike McConathy "That's what postsea- 
son is about. Everybody is finding anoth- 
er gear because the prize at the end of the 
week is an NCAA Tournament berth." 

NSU's hot 50 percent in the second half, 
overcoming a 39 percent first half showing 
to finish at 45 percent for the game. The 
Demons made only 12 turnovers, helping 
offset the Roadrunners 50-38 rebounding 

The win was the thirteenth straight for 
NSU over conference opponents and its 
fifth consecutive win overall since a 66-63 
non-conference loss at Utah State on Feb. 
18. The Demons upped their record to 26- 
2 against SLC opposition since early Feb- 
ruary of last season, and 31-5 since the 
start of last year. 

Demons face Cardinals in SLC semi-final tonight 

Courtesy of Sports 

The two highest scoring teams in 
the SLC collide in a high stakes 
matchup tonight at Prather Colise- 
um as regular-season champion 
NSU plays host to an explosive 
Lamar team in the semifinals of the 
O'Reilly Auto Parts SLC Basketball 

Tipoff is 7 p.m. in Prather Colise- 
um, where the Demons, 23-7, are 
12-0 this season and 27-2 since the 
beginning of last year. The Cardi- 
nals, 17-13, are 1-2 at NSU in that 
span, winning in their regular sea- 

son visit last year but losing 90-75 
in the semifinals of last year's tour- 
nament and falling 80-67 two 
weeks ago in the only meeting this 

NSU dispatched Texas-San Anto- 
nio 75-61 Tuesday in the tourna- 
ment quarterfinals. Lamar posted a 
68-65 road win at third-seeded 
Southeastern in its quarterfinal con- 

Thursday's winner reaches Sun- 
day's championship game, which 
carries an automatic NCAA Tour- 
nament berth as a reward. The top- 
seeded Demons will host if they 

The sixth-seeded Cardinals 

would travel to the survivor of the 
other semifinal, which sends 
fourth-seeded Stephen F. Austin, 
17-11, to second-seeded Sam Hous- 
ton State, 21-8. 

"It's an exciting opportunity for 
us," said Head Coach Mike 
McConathy, whose team has won 
five straight games and owns a 13- 
game winning streak over SLC 

"Our players have been working 
for a year now to get back into this 
position and they've taken a great 
approach with an unselfish style of 
play, giving great effort. That's 
what it will take to make the next 
step and win Thursday night." 

NSU has averaged 81 points per 
game in its last 11 games while 
Lamar ranks eleventh nationally in 
scoring this season with an 81-point 

Cardinal senior forward Alan 
Daniels is tenth nationally with his 
23-point scoring average, including 
26 Tuesday night at SLU. 

The Demons have averaged 86 
points to 79 for the Cardinals in the 
last four NSU-Lamar games since 
the start of last season. 

"This is always an intense 
matchup with a fast pace and lots 
of scoring," said McConathy. 
"When you take the floor against a 
Lamar team, you'd better play a 

very good brand of defense to give 
yourself a chance to win and that's 
got to be our main focus again this 

NSU had five players score in 
double figures Tuesday against 
UTSA, including senior forward 
Clifton Lee, who posted his thir- 
teenth career double-double with 
13 points and 11 rebounds. He is 
the only Demon averaging double- 
digit scoring, 14.0, and also tops the 
team with his 6.4 rebounding aver- 

Ten different Demons have led 
the team in scoring at least once this 
season. Senior guard Jermaine Wal- 
lace, with 16 points, topped four 

double-figure producers for NSU in 
their Feb. 23 win over Lamar. 

"Our depth is our greatest asset 
We know we have many guys who 
can step up and be very productive 
for us on any given night," said 
McConathy, "and their ability to 
pressure the basketball defensively 
leads to some good things for us." 

NSU is aiming for its fourth SLC 
tournament championship game 
appearance in McConathy' s seven 
seasons as coach. 

The Demons can set a single-sea- 
son record for wins in a season, 
Three previous teams at North- 
western, the last in 1959-60, have 
notched 23 wins. 

Lady Demons Softball 

Demons come up short at relays 

Dates and times of remaining home games 

• Mar. 11 - Texas San-Antonio, 1 p.m. 

• Mar. 11 - Texas San-Antonio, 3 p.m. 

• Mar. 12 - Texas San-Antonio, 11 a.m. 

• Mar. 18 - Texas-Arlington, 1 p.m. 

• Mar. 18 - Texas-Arlington, 3 p.m. 

• Mar. 19 - Texas-Arlington, 1 p.m. 

• Apr. 5 - Centenary, 6 p.m. 

• Apr. 14 - McNeese State, 4 p.m. 


Apr. 22 
Apr. 23 


McNeese State, 6 p.m. 
McNeese State, 12 p.m. 
Southern, 4 p.m. 
Southestern La., 4 p.m. 
Southeastern La., 6 p.m. 
Southeastern La., 1 p.m. 
Northern Colorado, 9:30 a.m. 
Northern Colorado, 11:30 


Lady Demons will face UTSA Saturday at I p.m. 

By Jamie Broussard 

Sauce Reporter 

Coming off an 11-day road trip 
where they were shut out twice by 
ULL's Lady Cajuns, the Lady 
Demon softball team will face the 
University of Texas San Antonio 
Saturday in a three game home 

The Demon's double-header will 
begin at lp.m on Saturday, and a 
third game will follow on Sunday 
at 11a.m. 

The Demon's record is 11-14, and 
they are hoping to sweep all three 
games in the SLC series against 

Head Coach Becky McMurty 
said, "Coming into each confer- 
ence series that we go into, we are 
going into it to win, and not just 

win one or two, but sweep all three 

The demons are confident that 
they can handle the UTSA team. 

"We have a really good chance at 
winning this weekend," said 
Sophomore Shira Walker. "UTSA 
doesn't have anything we can't 
handle. If we play like we know 
how, then we will finish this week- 
end with a sweep." 

Walker thinks that team morale 
plays a major role in winning ball 

"We need to come together as a 
team and play for each other. You 
know that saying, that 'there is no I 
in team', if s true. If we can't play 
as a team, we can't win ball 
games," she said. 

"Another thing we need to do is 
play up to our level every game no 

matter whom we play. We need to 
be more consistent. We are a great 
team. If we learn to play as a team 
and play like we know how, we 
will definitely take conference, and 
more," Walker added. 

McMurtry wants to focus on the 
teams pitching for the upcoming 
game against UTSA. 

"Our pitching is going to have to 
be on, and pitchers are going to 
have to hit their spot, and make 
their ball move," she said. 

The Demons also need to score 
more runners. 

"Our hitting is going to have to 
come through in crucial situations; 
when we have runners on, we are 
going to need to score them, and 
get it done," McMurtry said. 

By Leigh Gentry 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU's track and field team com- 
peted in the LSU Last Chance 
Relays on March 3 hoping to qual- 
ify for the NCAA Indoor Champi- 
onships in Fayetteville, Arkansas 
on Friday and Saturday. 

Five members of the Demon 
track and field team competed in 
the high jump, the 400-meter run 
and the 60-meter dash. 

Derrion Harris, a senior from 
Benton, competed for the Demons 
in the high jump. Senior Marcus 
Pitre from Houston, raced in the 
400 , the equivalent of one lap 
around the track. 

Sophomore Ravyn Hayward, 

from Tyler, Texas; senior TaMeshia 
Miller from Dibdoll, Texas; and 
Sophomore Shanae Steward from 
Bossier City also competed in the 

Demons had to beat either the 
automatic qualifiying or provision- 
al marks or times in order to com- 
pete in the Indoor Championships 
in March. The automatic qualify- 
ing mark for the high jump was 
seven feet seven inches, and the 
provisional mark seven feet one 
and a half inches; Harris took 
fourth place with his jump of six 
feet four inches. 

Pitre placed second with his time 
of 49.25 seconds for the 400, but the 
automatic qualifying time was 
46.45 seconds and the provisional 

time 47.65 seconds. 

Hayward finished in sixth in the 
60 with his time of 7.06seconds 
and did not beat the automatic 
qualifying time of 6.62 seconds or 
the provisional time of 6.72 sec- 

Miller's time of 8.64 seconds in 
the 60 guaranteed her fifth place, 
and Steward received sixth in this 
event with her time of 8.43 sec- 

The Demons did not qualify and 
will not be competing in March. 
The team is coached by Hea# 
Coach Leon Johnson and Assistant 
Coaches Mike Heimerman, Aman- 
da Vincent, and Stephen Goff. 

Demons defeat LA College 
10-7 Tuesday in Pineville I 

NSU prepares to face Texas- Arlington in the first SLC game of the season 

Courtesy of Sports 

The NSU Demons made it three- 
in-a-row away from home on Tues- 
day, defeating Louisiana College, 
10-7, in Pineville. 

The win improves the Demons 
to 10-6 on the year while Louisiana 
College falls to 7-8. NSU will con- 
tinue its nine-game road trek on 
Friday when it opens defense of its 
SLC championship at Texas- 

"We did a good job offensively 
getting up on them (LC) pretty 
quickly," said NSU Head Coach 
Mitch Gaspard. 

The Demons totaled 12 hits with 
the 2-through-5 hitters going 9-for- 
17 with six runs scored and six 

Brandon Morgan when 3-for-4 

with two runs scored, a triple and 
an RBI while Marty Dewees, Miles 
Durham and Bobby Barbier each 
had two hits. 

Barbier led the team with four 
runs batted in while Michael 
Flower hit the only home run of 
the game, his third of the season. 

"We're doing a lot better offen- 
sively from top to bottom," said 
Gaspard. "We're getting the key 
hits when we need them and mov- 
ing some runners." 

Robby Madsen, 1-0, picked up 
his first win of the season in 2.1 
innings of relief while Dereck Clo- 
eren picked up his fourth save - 
third straight - of the season after 
throwing the ninth inning giving 
up one hit with two strikeouts. 

The Demons took a quick 3-0 
lead in the first when Dewees and 
Morgan got back-to-back one out 

hits and Durham loaded the bases 
after being hit by a pitch. 

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double and Knox McCorquodal* 
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and Scott Pittenger to make it 6-1. 

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The Student Government Association will host two sign 
language classes next week. 

The first will be March 21 at 5 p.m. in Room 320 of Fried- 
man Student Union 

The second will be March 22 at 5 p.m. in the President's 
Room of the Student Union. 

SGA Senators will be visiting Sabine Hall on March 21 at 6 
p.m. to discuss proposed fee increases. 

They will also be available at noon on March 22 in Vic's n 
the Student Union. 

Elections will be held March 29 and 30 in the Student Union 

The next SGA Ballroom Meeting will be on April 3 at 7 p.m. 

SGA meetings are open to the public and are held every 
Monday at 7 p.m. in the Cane River Room of the Student 

New Orleans library calls for books 

The New Orleans Public Library is asking for new and used 
hardcover and paperback books for people of all ages in an 
effort to restock he shelves after Hurricane Katrina. 

The staff will asses which titles will be designated for its col- 
lections. The rest will be distributed to destitute families or 
sold for library fundraising. 
Anyone wishing to contribute may send books to: 
Rica A. Trigs, Public Relations 
ATTN: Book Donations 
New Orleans Public Library 
219 Loyola Avenue 
New Orleans, LA 70112 
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Phi Mu Bandstand 

NSU's Kappa Iota chapter of Phi Mu will host its third 
annual "Rockin" on the River" Bandstand March 25 from 1 
P-m. to 10 p.m. on the Natchitoches Riverfront Stage on Cane 


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entrance to the event for the entire day. 

There will be music, a professional clown and door prizes 
and giveaways throughout the day. 

Featured bands for the event include Ryan Guidry, CND, 
kicked Faith, BCM Praise Band, The Entertainers, King's Fall 
The Front Street Project. 
The fundraiser is for their national philanthropy, the Chil- 
e's Miracle Network, and all donations will benefit the 
Network of St. Francis Cabrini in Alexandria. 

Senior Art Exhibition 

The first exhibition of new paintings by Leslee Toney will 
?P e n in the Closet Gallery of the Creative & Performing Arts 
Gilding on March 27 and will run until March 31. 

Innovative works by Leslee Toney will go on view at the 
P°set Gallery on March 27th. "Whispers (silent psalms of 
'asting truths)". The exhibition, which will include approxi- 
mately 10 pieces, which consist of windows, illuminated 
st ained glass, and other mixed media. 

Toney's works celebrates the union of the ordinary and the 
extr aordinary. 

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By David West 

News Bureau 

The NSU Demons cap- 
tured the heart of the nation 
with their 64-63 win over 
Iowa last Friday. 

Three days of national 
exposure on CBS, ESPN, the 
Internet and in major news- 
papers helped expose mil- 
lions to the university and the 

"The win over Iowa was a 
shining moment for our bas- 
ketball team and all those 
who care about Northwest- 
ern," NSU President Randall 
Webb said. "The coaches 
and players have worked 
hard to become one of the 
best teams in the country. 
During that time in the spot- 
light, they were exemplary 
role models who made us all 

The success on the basket- 
ball court could help all areas 
of the university. 

"The win was perfect tim- 
ing in terms of helping recruit 
students," Director of Uni- 
versity Recruiting Jana Lucky 
said. "For many students, 
decision time is in March and 
April. We have seen the num- 
ber of inquiries double in the 
days after the Tournament. 
Not only was the win helpful, 
but the way the team mem- 
bers conducted themselves 
on and off the court let the 

nation know the kind of peo- 
ple we have at Northwest- 

Positive reaction from the 
win began happening as soon 
as senior Jermaine Wallace 
made the game-winning 
three-point shot. 

"Right away, the phone 
began ringing. People heard 
about Natchitoches and 
wanted to find out more 
about the city and the area," 
said Iris Harper, executive 
director of the Natchitoches 
Area Convention and Visitors 
Bureau. "The kind of expo- 
sure Natchitoches and North- 
western received is invalu- 
able. There's no question that 
this will lead more visitors to 

Alumni, many of whom 
may not have visited the 
campus in years, began send- 
ing e-mails and calling the 
university soon after the vic- 

"I have received an unbe- 
lievable number of phone 
calls and e-mails from all 
over the country about the 
game," Director of Alumni 
and Development Chris 
Maggio said. "An alumnus in 
Iowa let me know that they 
were glad to be wearing pur- 
ple in a sea of gold and black. 

"Our alumni are so proud 
of what the basketball team 
accomplished. They enjoyed 
being able to see it on televi- 
sion or reading about it in 

their local paper, then being 
able to say 'That's where I 
went to school,'" he said. 

Maggio said the win could 
help the university reach and 
exceed its capital campaign 
goal of $18.84 million. 

"Because of the excitement, 
people want to help," he said. 
"This event is something that 
is bigger than just basketball. 
It spills over to the entire uni- 

Despite all that success, 
the team never forgot its 
roots. NSU's down-to earth 
style made a lasting impres- 
sion on the media that cov- 
ered the NCAA Tournament. 

"Northwestern State is the 
kind of team that is refreshing 
in a tournament sometimes 
dominated by worldly play- 
ers and polished coaches," 
Joe LaPointe said in the New 
York Times. 

The paper also noted that 
several Demons avoided talk- 
ing about themselves during 
press conferences and asked 
people to remember those in 
the region who had been 
impacted by Hurricanes Kat- 
rina and Rita. 

"The whole world was able 
to see what we already knew. 
We are fortunate to have a 
great coach in Mike 
McConathy and the kind of 
players we have," Maggio 
said. "In this fast-paced 
world, we saw that regular 
people who are nice can have 

Gary Hardamon / NSU Media Service 
Senior center Byron Allen makes a shot at last Sunday's NCAA game 
against the West Virginia Mountaineers. Allen has started in all 32 
games this season and has been the team's top rebounder three 

Patriot Act debated at NSU 

By Jim Mustian 

Sauce Reporter 
The question of how much 
liberty, if any, is jeopardized 
by escalated national security 
in a post- Sept. 11 world may 
still be up in the air — but a 
debate held recently at NSU 
offered a few different per- 
spectives and possible solu- 

Domestic spying, torture 
and other issues related to the 
newly reauthorized Patriot 
Act capitalized discussion 
March 15 in the A.A. Freder- 
icks Center for Creative and 
Performing Arts. 

Speaking before a less than 
capacity crowd, Colorado 
Gov. Bill Owens and the exec- 
utive director of the American 
Civil Liberties Union, Antho- 
ny Romero, respectfully dis- 
agreed as to how much 
authority the government 
should have in its effort to 
punish terrorists while pro- 
tecting the country from fur- 
ther attacks. 

Romero said the Patriot Act 
has created an imbalance in 
the government that exposes 

"ordinary people" to the risk 
of having executive powers 
used against them. 

He called instead for a 
stricter following of "the rules 
of the road," referring to the 
tendency he said the govern- 
ment has of obtaining person- 
al documents and issuing 
wiretaps with little to no judi- 
cial overview. 

Owens, however, argued 
that the Act has undergone a 
fair system of checks and bal- 

He pointed to Congress' 
approval of the legislation 
and said that — aside from a 
few "nuanced parts" being 
changed — it has been upheld 
by the courts. 

The vast majority of the 
Act, he said, has not been 
questioned because "it's com- 
mon sense." 

"I'm glad that the United 
States is listening in when Al- 
Qaeda calls its friends in the 
United States," he said. 

Owens said the Patriot Act 
has simply modernized law 
enforcement and permitted 
the government to apply 

techniques it has used for 
"decades against organized 
crime and the drug cartel." 

But Romero said the tech- 
niques being used are uncon- 

"The law is explicit on the 
fact that that level of eaves- 
dropping that level of sur- 
veillance, is summarily 
barred by the Foreign Intelli- 
gence Surveillance Act," 
Romero said. "It violates the 
basic premises of the First and 
Fourth Amendments." 

Romero urged students not 
to allow their right to privacy 
to be compromised for the 
war on terror and said poten- 
tial infringements could occur 
even in a college setting 
under current legislation. 

Torture Overseas 

Romero also cited reports 
of torture at prison camps in 
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and 
Abu Ghraib as cause for con- 
cern. He said the disregard of 
rights guaranteed by the 
Geneva Convention will only 
result in American soldiers 

facing equally inhumane 
treatment should they be cap- 
tured by an enemy. 

"And that we allow the tor- 
ture to happen on our watch, 
that puts our own men and 
women in uniform at risk." 

He said the torture further 
demonstrates the lack of 
checks and balances in the 
current administration, as 
high-ranking officials knew 
of the practices but did not 
prevent them. 

While Romero insists Presi- 
dent Bush has "lamentably" 
misstated the truth with 
regard to the torture issue, 
Owens refuted this saying the 
government has never con- 
doned torture and is already 
purushing those responsible 
for the misconduct. 

The Media Role 

Owens said recent disclo- 
sures by the media have "hurt 
our national security," allud- 
ing to articles published by 
The New York Times that 
have revealed instances of 
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prisons and torture over seas. 

He said the government 
has no obligation to inform 
the public how many or what 
type of people are under 

Romero expressed thanRs 
for the media and said he 
hopes they will continue to 
report the truth aggressively, 
calling them "the fourth 
branch of government" 
because of the "checR" they 
provide on the government. 

He said he believes Repub- 
licans' refusal to reveal whom 
it listens to proves that not 
only suspected terrorists are 
being monitored. 

Audience Undecided 

Despite his criticism of 
Republicans and the Bush 
administration, Romero stat- 
ed early on that he was not in 
a position to support Democ- 
rats, as they had also "disap- 
pointed" him with their inac- 
tion on Capitol Hill. 

Romero's alleged neutrality 
seemed, at least in part, to 

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4:27 p.m. 

The "bucket truck" at the 
NSU Recreation Complex 
suffered a cracked wind- 
shield inflicted by a direct hit 
from a golf ball. 


2:31 p.m. 

A trash can appeared to be 
smoking at Watson Library. 
Water was poured into it in 
order to douse the cause of 
the smoke. 

3:54 p.m. 

Shots were heard at Uni- 
versity Columns, but police 
found no eyewitnesses to the 

11:14 a.m. 

An officer heard gunshots 
"around" the area of College 


10: 33 p.m. 

A husband called the Uni- 
versity Police to tell them his 
wife was locked in Watson 


2:08 p.m. 

Bienvenu Hall reported a 
student had passed out in 

front of the building's main 
entrance. The student told 
police she had donated blood 
earlier that day. 


reflect the attitude of the 
audience. Both Romero and 
Owens drew regular applause 
for their remarks and neither 
appeared to be more support- 
ed than the other. 

Following their opening 
statements, Romero and 
Owens were asked to respond 
to pre-selected questions sub- 
mitted by readers of The 
Times in Shreveport and NSU 
students and faculty. 

Some of the questions, how- 
ever, seemed broad and 

unconnected to the topic. It 
was not immediately clear 
how the national deficit and a 
congressional veto blocking 
the operations of a maritime 
company based in the United 
Arab Emirates pertained to 
the Patriot Act, torture or 
domestic spying. 

"We're going to ignore the 
irrelevant questions," Owens 
said at one point. 

Members of the audience 
which consisted largely of stu- 
dents of the Louisiana School 

4:50 p.m. 

Roommates of a diabetic 
student called for medical 
assistance after he did not 
fully respond to medications. 
Police arrived to determine 

whether emergency medical increase in NSU student fees to be up for vote next week 

services should be notified. r 

for Math, Science, and the Art 
participated by addressing the 
speakers in the third and final 
part of the debate. Romero, 
when asked to offer an alter- 
native to the Patriot Act that 
would effectively counter ter- 
rorist activity while preserv- 
ing privacy, suggested a better 
tracking of illicit items used by 
terrorists. He also made an 
analogy in which he said 
"connecting the dots we 
already have" would prove 

more beneficial than adding 
more dots to the picture. 

Owens who, according to 
Colorado's state website, is an 
expert on Soviet affairs com- 
pared the War on Terror to the 
Cold War. He implied an 
approach similar to the one 
used then, involving the 
"building up of our military," 
would be essential in protect- 
ing the country in what he 
called a "very, very danger- 
ous" world. 

4:57 p.m. 

An ambulance was called 
for the student. 

David Dinsmore 

Applications for Student Media 
Leaders can now be picked up in 
the department of journalism 
office kyser Hall Room 1 03. 

By Jim Mustian 

Sauce Reporter 

"Let the voice of the student 
be heard," reads the motto of 
the Student Government 
Association at NSU. 

Students will have the 
opportunity to be heard all 
day Wednesday and Thursday 
by casting their vote in the 
Friedman Student Union. 
They will be determining the 
fate of a proposed increase in 
student fees and a change in 
how editors of the student 

media are named. 

This "one-time fee packet," 
as the SGA has called it, would 
add $12 to what students owe 
at fee payment this fall and 
then $13 before classes begin 
next spring. 

Twelve organizations on 
campus that already have stu- 
dent fees stand to receive fur- 
ther funding, but the money is 
not divided equally. 

The Curr'ent Sauce and 
KNWD-FM would be the 
leading recipients with an 

increase of $2 from each stu- 
dent. An additional $2 would 
be designated to the SGA 
Activity fee. 

The SGA Speaker Program, 
the benefactor of the Patriot 
Act debate last week, would 
get another $1.25. 

The proposed increase totals 
more in the spring because 
publishing of the Potpourri, 
whose current fee would gain 
an extra dollar, also stands to 
be supplemented. 

Part-time students would 
only be charged an additional 
$7.25 for both semesters the 
fee packet is in effect. 

Also featured on the ballot is 
an amendment to the SGA's 
constitution, which would 
affect student media as well.. 
With the students' approval, 
the SGA would surrender its 
veto power over selections of 
the media board, which con- 
venes each summer to appoint 
editors to the student media. 

If student fee increases are approved, these organizations will receive the funds listed below: 

Organization: Current Fee 

Union Board Drama 1.00 

Intramurals 5.00 

Student Union Programs 10.00 

Alumni .50 
Natch. SGA speaker program 1.00 

rowing team 2.00 


Current Fee 

Proposed increase 

Artist series 



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By Willie Valrie 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU's Symphony Band and 
Wind Ensemble held their annual 
concert March 13 at 7 p.m. in Mag- 
ale Recital Hall. 

The concert was divided into 
two portions: the first half consist- 
ed of selections by NSU's Sympho- 
ny Band, under the direction of Jeff 

The second half of the concert 
showcased songs performed by the 
NSU Wind Ensemble, directed of 
Kevin Richardson. 

The first piece of the Symphony 
Band portion of the concert was a 
song called "Ovation" by Martin 
Ellerby It was a majestic piece with 
a great saxophone solo in the mid- 
dle portion. The feeling of the piece 
makes one think it is fitting for a 
movie based on the times of the 
Dark Ages. 

The next piece was called "Air 
For Band," which was written by 
Frank Erickson. It had a mellow 
beginning and ended with a crash- 
ing, loud finale. 

After this was "Summer Dances" 
by Brian Balmages. The concept of 
this piece was to capture the beau- 
ty and spirit of festivals associated 
with the summer season. It started 
off very lively with excellent clar- 
inet and flute solos. 

For a piece that was supposed to 
be about summer festivals, it 
brought about a melancholy feel. 
Towards the end, the song had an 
even darker yet exciting feel with 
blaring parts from brass instru- 
ments, such as the trombone and 
tuba sections, and was reminiscent 
of a theme that could fit the main 
arch-nemesis of an action-adven- 
ture movie. 

Next up was the final piece of the 
Symphony Band portion of the 
concert, "Bullets and Bayonets" by 
John Phillip Sousa. It was a high- 

tempo patriotic sounding song 
with loud, booming pieces from 
trumpets and trombones. 

The song sounded similar to one 
of Sousa' s better-known pieces, 
"Stars and Stripes Forever". 

The Wind Ensemble portion of 
the concert opened up with "Wind- 
sprints" by Richard Saucedo. This 
piece was meant to capture the 
feeling that one would have if he or 
she were racing in a 50- or 100-yard 
dash. The clarinet players stood 
out tremendously on this piece. 

Next was "Fantasies on a Theme 
by Haydn" by Norman Dello Joio. 
It was based on a piano composi- 
tion by the late Joseph Haydn, 
world-renowned classical musi- 
cian and mentor of classical music 
great Ludwig van Beethoven. It 
had a light hearted and carefree 
feel to it; there were excellent solos 
from many different instruments 
throughout the piece. 

Next was the "Pas Redouble" 
march by Camille Saint-Saens. This 
song was written for band and was 
very lively. It contained great solos 
from flutes, trumpets and trom- 

The last piece of the night was 
"Concertino for Four Percussion 
and Wind Ensemble". This song 
featured the instruments in the per- 
cussion section. It had an unset- 
tling, mysterious feeling at first, 
then switching to a high-energy, 
thunderous highlight of eight 
marching bass drums. 

Richardson said that the piece 
was originally written for only four 
percussions; however, after con- 
tacting the composer, he decided to 
try the piece with eight percussion- 
ists — which resulted in one excit- 
ing and powerful concert finale. 

This year's Symphony Band and 
Wind Ensemble concert was a 
great musical experience, which 
showcased the musical talent that 
can be found here at NSU. 

Cheryl Thompson/the Current Sauce 

The NSU Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band performed their first concert of the season on March 13. Band students performed pieces ranging from classic Sousa 
marches to more modern energetic pieces. (Clockwise from top) 1. Symphony Band performs "Summer Dances"; 2. Kevin Gay along with the rest of the percussion 
section is featured in "Concertino." 3. String bass player Brian Williams and trombonist and graduate assistant Gus Figeac perform with the Wind Ensemble. 

Theater department shows 
some tough 'Luv' for audiences 

By Kelli Fontenot 

Sauce Reporter 

The NSU Theatre department 
recently produced a comedy about 
suicide, depression, and adultery. 

Yes, a comedy. 

"Luv," which was written in the 
sixties by Murray Schisgal, is the 
story of Harry (Donald Jones, fresh- 
man theatre major), who is contem- 
plating suicide when he meets up 
with Milt (Regan McLellan, fresh- 
man theatre major). 

Milt, a slick businessman, deals 
with Harry's ridiculous antics until 
he can finally convince him that 
being in love will solve his desper- 

Milt introduces his somewhat 

obsessive-compulsive wife, Ellen 
(Allee Peck, sophomore theatre 
major) to Harry so that they will 
fall in love and Milt can continue 
having an affair with another 

"Chaos ensues," said McLellan. 
"I'm not really 'the bad guy' My 
perception of the play is that every 
character is looking out for him- 

Although the script deals with 
serious subjects, it is considered a 
comedy. In one hilarious segment 
of the play, Harry and Ellen execute 
a dance number to express their 
passionate "luv" for each other. 

Shortly after the dancing scene, 
viewers were surprised to see Ellen 
with her shirt open and Harry with 

his pants around his ankles. 

Eric Marsh, the director, said, 
"That's part of the joy of live the- 
atre; it's supposed to catch you off 

Marsh made sure that he chose 
students who would be comfort- 
able performing that part of the 

"It was a definite challenge," 
Marsh said. "But we go through 
that all the time in theatre. It's def- 
initely something that you have to 
think about when you cast. The 
two of them read that scene when 
they were doing auditions, so they 
knew that was coming." 

Though the script was, according 
to Marsh, "beautifully written," it 
depended on some physical come- 

dy and it was definitely rated PG- 
13. A play with such a small cast 
sometimes fails to capture its audi- 
ence, but not in this case. 

Some may wonder why the play 
is titled 'luv' instead of 'love.' 

McLellan said, "Well, the play's 
not really about love. It's like when 
two kids fall in love. They're not 
really in love. It's luv." 

Attendance on Friday night was 
low, but the few audience members 
that turned up experienced some 
great laughs and learned a valuable 

Marsh said, "Things come full 
circle. Love is there in all of us, but 
it's never going to be a perfect love; 
there are always going to be com- 

Louisiana Piano Series brings 
world-renowned talent to NSU 

By David West 

NSU News Bureau 

Pianist Kevin Orr will present a 
recital at NSU on Saturday at 7:30 
p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. The 

Tickets are $10, but students from 
NSU, the Louisiana School for 
Math, Science and the Arts and all 
students from the state of Louisiana 
are admitted free. 

Orr will perform works by 
Johannes Brahms and Jennifer Mar- 
garet Baker during the recital, 
which is part of the Louisiana 
Piano Series International. 

Orr, an assistant professor of 
Piano and piano pedagogy at the 

University of Florida, has been 
both a soloist and collaborative per- 
former throughout the United 
States and abroad. 

In addition to regular perform- 
ances and master classes at music 
schools and universities through- 
out the United States, he has been 
invited twice to give concerts, mas- 
ter classes and lectures at promi- 
nent music conservatories in cen- 
tral China. In the summer of 2004, 
he was Artist in Residence at the 
University of Wollongong, New 
South Wales, Australia. 

In his career, Orr has premiered 
solo and ensemble works by sever- 
al noted composers. He has 
received the William Kurzban Prize 

in Piano from the Cleveland Insti- 
tute of Music, and the Aurora 
Ragiani Martin Piano Award from 
The Dana School. 

Orr studied at the Cleveland 
Institute of Music and at The Dana 
School of Music at Youngstown 
State University. Orr holds degrees 
in performance and an undergrad- 
uate degree in music education. 

While maintaining a primary 
focus upon classical piano perform- 
ance and teaching, Orr is also 
accomplished in other musical 
styles, including improvisation, 
which he has incorporated into his 
teaching. In 2001, he initiated a 
course at the University of Florida: 
"Improvisational Keyboard Skills 

and Related Technology," designed 
to expose keyboard majors to such 
intuitive performance skills. 

His pedagogical interests have 
led to his presenting numerous 
papers and pedagogical work- 
shops for various professional 
organizations, including the Col- 
lege Music Society, the Internation- 
al Conference on Arts and Human- 
ities, and the Florida State Music 
Teachers Association. 

Orr is founder and director of the 
University of Florida Young 
Pianists Festival, a weeklong event 
for pre-college pianists held each 
year at the School of Music. He is 
an active adjudicator for piano 

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Fashionable Focus 

New York was such a blast! 
Wow, I had never been to a city that 
big or busy before — the excitement 
within the city was spectacular and 
sent a shiver down my spine! Or 
wait — maybe that was the 20- 
degree weather we were walking 
around in, I don't know. 

As your "Saucy Fashionista" I 
feel it is my right to let you know 
what I saw and experienced in the 
way of fashion in the Big Apple. 

On my first night there, the girls 
and I decided we would do lots of 
sight-seeing and go to all the typi- 
cal tourist places right there 
around our hotel — namely Times 
Square, Broadway, Fifth Avenue, 

Fifth Avenue is so great. Any 
designer I could think of had some 
sort of boutique that just called my 
name. I do believe my favorite little 
store was H&M — maybe you've 
heard of it? If s only this HUGE 
store with lots of cute clothes for 
guys and girls at extremely reason- 
able prices. I think this was the 
other girls' favorite also. 

It was fun to see such designer 
boutiques as Fendi, Prada, Dolce & 
Gabbana, Chanel, and Dior along 
the street — made me feel like I was 
in the middle of fashion week (if 
only I had been there two weeks 
earlier, right?). 

I made quite a few purchases 
while I was in New York; in fact, 
my bank account is still screaming. 
However my favorite ones would 
have to be my pink cashmere pash- 
mina, which kept me warm for 
most of my trip, and my HOT 
Prada bag., .and when I say HOT, I 
mean HOT! (Yes, ladies.. .it fell off 
the back of a truck!). I totally paid 
like $30 for it. Actual retail price: a 

in... big 

whopping $1100. Yeah 

The demise of my trip would be 
when I wasn't able to go to the 
Manolo Blahnik store — otherwise 
known as Mecca for me. Manolo 
Blahniks are the types of shoes that 
I would spend thousands of dol- 
lars on just to keep them in a glass 
case in my living room for all to 
see. Yes, I am a "shoe-aholic." 

Style in New York is much dif- 
ferent than it is here in the South, 
obviously. The people wearing 
these styles are awfully different as 
well. Black seems to be the color 
du jour and Burberry scarves seem 
to be the accessory of choice. 

I loved seeing the women wear- 
ing short skirts with tights and 
boots— it's so funny because we 
would NEVER have weather 
down here to wear crap like that. 
Evidently the people up there 
haven't gotten the memo that Ugg 
boots aren't in style anymore — oh 
well, they'll be the first to know 
when something else comes into 
style, so its not so bad. 

Speaking of shoes, I have no idea 
how women up there can walk 
around the city in three-inch 
heeled boots all day. Maybe they 
don't. Maybe they take cabs every- 
where they want to go. I know that 
when I was there, if I didn't wear 
tennis shoes everywhere I went, 1 
would have had little deformed 
feet when I came back. I know I 
probably looked retarded wearing 
nice jeans, a hot top and my New 
Balances — oh well, I'm not suffer- 
ing for beauty now, am I? That's 
right. More than often I will sacri- 
fice pain for beauty, but in this case, 
I wasn't willing to. 

All in all. ..a great trip. 


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Opinions Editor 




iPods could play role in 
enhancing education 

By Chris Reich 

Sauce Columnist 

This week I read an article 
that talked about the uses of 
iPods for educational purpos- 
es. The article detailed ways 
educators and faculty mem- 
bers have put the devices to 
good use. 

There was one section that 
bothered me a little though, 
especially after Raymond 
pointed it out to me. It talked 
about students using iPod lec- 
tures and just forgetting class- 
es all together. This is where 
the article went wrong and is 
a glaring misunderstanding 
of the potential of these 
devices and the iTunes U 

The big deal about the 

iPods being in the classroom 
is that it allow teachers to sup- 
plement their teaching with 
other movies, images or lec- 

How often has a teacher 
said "go to this website and 
watch this video" or "go here 
and look at these pictures"? I 
have seen several instructors 
do this already, and they have 
created websites for the sole 
purpose of hosting such infor- 

Imagine having forgotten 
to go to that website -the 
address buried in your pile of 
syllabi or on a scrap of paper 
somewhere in your car- when 
you needed to watch a video 
or look at images for a class. 
The iTunes U site would 
allow students to go home, 
sync the videos or photo slide 
shows to their iPods, and then 
have it at their disposal. 

The main point of universi- 
ties moving lectures and other 

academic material online isn't 
only for their students, but for 
students in general. 

Case in point, Stanford's 
iTunes site 
( has sev- 
eral lectures on a range of top- 
ics, from a discussion of Face- 
book with its creator to nonvi- 
olent techniques from the 
Dalai Lama. These are speak- 
ers we could never get here to 
NSU. The lectures are not 
short either, each is over an 
hour long. 

What is important is that 
this information is available 
to students who want to learn 
more and to teachers who 
want to include this data in 
their teaching. And the most 
important point is that the 
entire service, from the 
uploading to the storage to 
the downloading of the 
recordings is all free for any 
university to use. 

Now, what could this be 

used for at NSU other than 
class lectures? How about a 
weekly podcast recorded by 
President Webb, talking about 
issues on campus and giving 
students a better insight into 
his day-to-day activities. How 
about recording the weekly 
SGA meeting for the students. 

We could also record the 
guest lecturers that come to 
campus and add their speech- 
es to the site. More important- 
ly -for alumni who are out of 
range of the radio broadcasts- 
the Demon Sports Network 
could upload a host of NSU 
sporting events along with 
their interviews with Coach 
Scott Stoker during football 
season. All of these items 
could be included on the site. 

Students could listen to 
road games they couldn't 
attend and alumni could lis- 
ten to hear their Alma mater 
play. Think of the revenue 
that the sports program could 

generate from the alumni. 

Other uses would be NSU 
22 uploading their broadcasts 
to the website to store for 
alumni, students and poten- 
tial employers to watch. 

The radio station could 
upload each week's show so 
students could download and 
listen to their favorite DJ's 
and genres of music. The 
radio station could track the 
downloads to target ad sales 
for revenue purposes. 

Art students and faculty 
could record brief introduc- 
tions for featured art shows, 
or students could record 
walkthroughs of senior shows 
to explain their feelings on 
particular pieces of art. This 
would give their show a little 
something extra. 

The music program could 
record senior recitals, spring 
concerts, special lectures and 
even featured artists. March- 
ing shows could be recorded 

and stored on the site so that 
prospective students could 
watch the halftime shows. 
This would be a free recruit- 
ment tool for the university. 

Teachers could upload the 
movie or video they are 
showing in class to allow the 
students to re-watch the video 
again after class. The teachers 
could even record narration 
over the video so that the stu- 
dents would have additional 
insight into the meaning of 
the video. 

This could even extend to 
off-campus activities. The 
poetry readings that happen 
off campus could be recorded 
for students to listen to, the 
same for student bands that 
play in the local bars. The 
recordings could even be 
compiled into a CD that could 
be bought by the students for 
a little added revenue to help 
defer the cost of the recording 

Even the Argus could use 
this service for the prerelease 
parties. The top students 
could record the winning 
entries, and the recording 
could act as free publicity for 
the Argus. 

Luckily, the electronic and 
continuing education depart- 
ment here is already consider- 
ing this service for NSU. 

So, yes, you could down- 
load the lectures from your 
professors, but there is more 
to this technology than just 
skipping class and getting the 
notes. It is about being 
exposed to activities and pro- 
grams that the students 
couldn't attend or never 
heard about. 

Chris Reich is a junior 
journalism major 

A penny saved is a rare one 

By Raymond 
Billy, Jr 

Opinions Editor 

According to John Wag- 
goner, personal finance 
columnist for USA Today, few 
young workers began saving 
for retirement at the outset of 
their careers. 

Hmm, I wonder why that 
could be. 

It could be because college 
costs are skyrocketing and 
financial aid doesn't come 
close to keeping pace. Aid at 

public universities increased 
only 3 percent between Fall 
2003 and Spring 2005 while 
tuition and fees increased 12.5 
percent, an analysis by the 
College Board revealed. 

These additional expenses 
force students to borrow in 
order to make up the differ- 
ence. A study by the Center 
for Economic and Policy 
research showed that the 
average person who gradu- 
ates in debt owes between 
$17,000 and $20,000 in loan 

But, maybe that's not the 
reason Generation Y doesn't 

Perhaps it has something to 

do with the fact that people's 
wages aren't keeping up with 
inflation. According to a 
report issued by the Census 
Bureau last August, real 
wages (wages adjusted for 
inflation) for full-time work- 
ers fell 2.3 percent for men 
and 1 percent for women 
between 2003 and 2004, even 
though worker productivity 
rose 15 percent during that 

Nah, that's not it. 

You don't suppose it has 
anything to do with the erad- 
ication of traditional pension 

The American Benefits 
Council, an employee benefits 

advocacy group, says that 
pension benefits have 
declined by 50 percent over 
the past decade. 

Isn't it nice to have these 
institutes and think tanks that 
keep track of these statistics? 

I'm not even going to go 
into detail about the impact 
health care and home-owner- 
ship costs have had on the 
lack of savings, but they are 
considerable, as you might 

I hate to be the bearer of 
more bad news, but the prob- 
lem is likely to get worse. Last 
month, Congress passed the 
Deficit Reduction Act, which 
mandated a fixed interest rate 

of 8.5 percent on Parent Loans 
for Undergraduate Students 
and a 6.8 percent rate for 
Stafford loans, which is a 2 
percent increase for both pro- 
grams considering Stafford 
loan interest previously could 
have been as low as 4.75 per- 

Granted, young workers 
should accept some blame for 
their lack of savings. A lot of 
people try to live beyond their 
means by spending large 
amounts of money on the lat- 
est digital technology. Some 
insist on spending $500 (or 
whatever it is Starbucks 
charges) for a cup of coffee, 

instead of brewing their own 

On the other hand, I'm sure 
many workers believe that, 
under current conditions, the 
amount of money they will be 
able to save will only be 
enough to make them mad 
anyway, so why bother? 

These problems are likely to 
run in a continuous cycle, if 
no action is taken to correct 
them, because our generation 
will not have money to put 
toward our children's college 
educations'. Our kids will 
spend their first 10 to 15 years 
in the work force climbing out 

from under loan debt instead 
of saving for the future, just as 
many of us will. 

I don't really have any solu- 
tions to offer, just one sugges- 
tion for my peers: forget 
about retirement. Get a really 
good job that you love a 
whole lot, because you're 
going to be doing that job 
until you die. 

Raymond Billy, Jr is a 
political science major 

Vote now or forever hold your peace! 

As an American I feel my 
most important right is the 
Right to Vote. It was given 
to me at birth and it can only 
be taken away if I decide to 
act like a psychopathic 
maniac one day. 

Voting is important, and 
within the next week an 
important ballot will be put 
to vote among the entire 
student body. This is the 
vote to increase the amount 
°f money students con- 
tribute to student media 
outlets in the form of fees. 

No, this isn't another one 
°f those impractical increas- 
es where you don't know 
w here your money is 

going — you will actually see 
results. I know a lot of stu- 
dents have complained 
about what they might have 
seen or not seen or heard or 
not heard through the Cur- 
rent Sauce, Potpourri and 
KNWD, but this is the 
chance to change things for 
the better! 

Get out there and vote — 
and let your voice be heard 
through the ballot — making 
student media the best it has 
ever been! 

-Raquel Hill 

Associate/ Life Editor 

We, as Americans, take for 
granted the fact that we 

have freedom of speech and 
the right to vote. We do not 
stop and think that in so 
many countries people do 
not get to do what we do, 
like vote. 

If they do get the right 
vote, sometimes they have 
to pay a price for it. The sad 
thing is most give their life 
for the chance to vote and 
have their voice heard. 

In America we do not 
have to die to be able to 
vote. . .we have the opportu- 
nity to vote anytime we 
want. With so much power 
laid at our feet, you would 
think that we would use this 
to our advantage. 

But we don't, and I think it 
is time this changed. 

One way that students can 
change this is by voting for 
an increase in the student 
media fees. 

As part of the student 
media we try to cover sto- 
ries that pertain to you, the 
students, and let you know 
about upcoming events that 
you might not have other- 
wise known about. 

Please take an active step 
in improving and keeping 
your student media around 
by voting to increase the 

-Katie Lopez 

News Editor 

Throughout this semester, 
we at The Current Sauce 
have worked hard to report 
the stories that matter most 
to you, the student body. We 
are doing the best that we 
can with limited resources, 
but our ability to serve you 
better would be greatly 
enhance by the additional 
funds that we would receive 
with your support. I urge to 
make your presents felt at 
next week's ballot and help 
student media advance to 
the next level. 

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Record-shattering season 

NSU celebrates as Demon basketball comes to an end for 2005-2006 season 


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Jermaine Wallace (far right) passes the ball to Clifton Lee (center) in the Demons 67-54 loss to West Virginia in NCAA Tournament Second Round, ending one of the most successful men's basketball seasons in NSU history. 

Gary Hardamon / NSU Media Service 

Fans to get chance to duplicate game-winning shot tonight 

Courtesy of 
Sports Information 

Fans are invited free of charge to 
the hour-long "NSU Demons' 
March Madness Celebration" 
today at 6 p.m. at Prather Colise- 

The celebration will recognize 
the NSU basketball team's record- 
shattering 2005-2006 season. 

The Demons were among the 
final 32 teams in the NCAA Tour- 
nament after a first-round win 
against the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Big 
Ten Conference Tournament cham- 


Attendees will have the chance 
to duplicate the game-winning 
three-point shot by senior Jermaine 

Wallace made his shot just before 
the final horn last Friday as the 
Demons completed a comeback 

from a 17-point deficit to beat the 
Iowa 64-63, at Auburn Hills, Mich. 

The first 1,000 people attending 
the celebration will receive a com- 
memorative poster featuring action 
photographs of the Demons with 
game-by-game scores of their 
record 26-8 season. 

All NSU players and coaches will 
participate in the celebration. They 
will also sign autographs and pose 
for pictures at the close of the event. 

Highlights and behind-the- 
scenes footage from the NCAA 
Tournament will be shown during 
the celebration. The NSU pep band 

and cheerleaders will also perform. 

Coach Mike McConathy will 
speak along with the seven seniors 
on the team: Byron Allen, Alfonse 
Dyer, Kerwin Forges, Clifton Lee, 
Tyronn Mitchell, D.J. Ross and Wal- 

Sam Houston sweeps NSU 9-6 and 7-3 in SLC doubleheader 

Courtesy of 
Sports Information 

Sam Houston State used two big 
innings - one in the first game and 
one the second - to sweep NSU, 9- 
6 and 7-3, in a Saturday SLC base- 
ball doubleheader while taking a 2- 
1 series win from the Demons. 

The losses, which were the first 
for the Demons at home this sea- 
son, drops the team to 12-11 overall 
and 1-5 in league play while the 
Bearkats, who avenged a 5-2 loss 
to the Demons on Friday, improve 
to 12-9 on the season and 4-2 in 
conference play. 

In the first game, NSU led 3-2 
behind 61/3 good innings of work 
from starter Dereck Cloeren, but 
the Bearkats forced the Demons to 
go to the bullpen with one out in 

the seventh and put up five runs in 
the frame to take a 7-3 lead. 

SHSU added two more runs in 
the eighth inning before the 
Demons rallied for three ninth- 
inning runs. 

Drew Brown (2-2) took the loss 
in relief work for the Demons after 
throwing 2.2 innings allowing six 
runs on four hits with two walks 
and three strikeouts. 

The Demons finished with 11 
hits to SHSU's seven. 

Michael Palermo, Marty Dewees 
and Scott Pittenger all had two hits 
with Pittenger knocking in three 

Michael Flower and Bobby Bar- 
bier each had solo home runs in the 

In the second game, the Demons 
put up two quick runs on three hits 
in the first inning, but the Bearkats 

chipped away with one run in the 
second, three in the fifth and three 
in the eighth to pull away for the 
day's sweep. 

Kyle Broughton (2-3) suffered 
the loss going 4.2 innings allowing 
four runs, two earned, on six hits 
with two walks and four strike- 

Dewees, Barbier and Brandon 
Morgan each had two hits in the 
game but the Demons totaled just 
seven for the contest. 

SHSU's Zach Adkisson ran his 
record to 2-0 on the year after 
throwing the complete game 
seven-hitter, giving up three runs 
with a walk and four strikeouts. 

The Demons will be back in 
action next Friday when they trav- 
el for another SLC series, this time 
against Texas-San Antonio. 

Lady Demons upend Southern 7-1 Tuesday 

Courtesy of 
Sports Information 

Kristen Lindley tossed a com- 
plete-game, six-hitter and Amanda 
Glenn belted her sixth home run of 
the season as the NSU Demons 
upended Southern, 7-1, in college 
softball Tuesday afternoon. 

The win was the second straight 
for NSU and it improved to 14-17 
on the season. 

The Demons remained in town 
for a 4 p.m. doubleheader with 
nationally-ranked LSU on Wednes- 
day. Southern falls to 11-12 overall. 

NSU finished the game with 10 

hits, led by a 3-for-3 showing from 

She countered her offensive 
game by tossing the complete 7- 
innings in evening her record to 5- 
5. She allowed just one run on six 
hits, with a walk and five strike- 

Glenn went 2-for-4 with two 
runs batted in and two runs scored. 

Southern scored its only run in 
the third inning after breaking a 
scoreless tie. 

The Lady Demons quickly 
responded when Glenn singled 
and Lindley walked to put runners 
at first and second with no outs. 

After Southern got the next two 
NSU batters out, Glenn and Lind- 
ley both scored on a throwing error 
by the Southern third baseman 
who was attempting to get Sarina 
Noack out at first. 

The Lady Demons went up 4-1 
in the sixth on a two-run single by 
Noack then put the game away 
with three runs in the seventh, 
fueled by Glenn's two-run homer. 

Prior to her blast, Michelle 
Castellano led the inning off with a 
triple, then scored on a single by 
Amanda Perdue. 

Lady Demons to take on 
SFA at Jack Fisher Complex 


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By Kristi George 

Sauce Reporter 

The NSU tennis team is still in 
search of its first victory of the sea- 
son as it heads into Friday's 2 p.m. 
match up against Stephen F. Austin 
at the Jack Fisher Tennis Complex. 

"The game against SFA should 
be a close one," NSU captain 
Catalina Villegas said. 

"We have beaten them the last 
two years and it wasn't that hard, 
but this year they have a better 
team and since we are not doing 
that good it probably will be close. 
Hopefully we get the win." 

The Demons head into the match 
up winless with a record of 0-7. (0- 
4 in the Southland Conference) 

"We are struggling right now, 
and a part of it is because we start- 
ed the season without playing 
warm-up matches. We have some 
things we need to work on," Coach 
Willie Paz said. 

Paz said the weather has caused 
problems for his players. Games 
that were canceled due to rain 
caused a three-week gap between 

matches, but he still believes his 
team is progressing. 

"They are playing better, the 
thing that we aren't doing is we are 
not finishing the match once we 
build up points. We are playing 
like we are afraid to finish," Paz 

Villegas, who is currently a jun- 
ior, said her freshman and sopho- 
more years were way better. 

"We are just trying to get to the 
level we need to be to win our 
matches," Villegas said. 

Freshman Daniela Posado said, 
"This is not an excellent season, 
but I am trying to do my best and 
my teammates are trying their 

Posado's other teammates are 
freshman Helen Grimes, sopho- 
mores Marcia Alcantara and Fer- 
nanda Silva and junior Magali Van 
Den Bergh. 

Paz and Villegas both said the 
team has a good chance of picking 
up its first win against SFA, and 
the team is looking forward to this 
weekend's match. 

"We always beat them and we 

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should play pretty well, although it 
might be closer than previous 
matches," Paz said. 

Under Coach Bret Arrant, SFA 
Lady Lumberjacks are 7-8 and are 
coming off a four-game home 
stand that featured the team going 
2-2 with wins over Nicholls State 
and Centenary College, and losses 
against McNeese State and South- 
eastern Louisiana. 

Arrant said his team has been 
playing well. 

"We are 1-4 in conference play ernitie 
with the four losses coming against *rson 
four of the six schools that made it A re; 
to the conference tournament last planor 
year. Coach Paz always has a team 
that fights hard with great determi- 
nation. It will be a very good chal- 
lenge for us this Friday," Arrant 

Paz hopes the fans show up to 
cheer for the team during their 
three-game home stands starting 
tonight against Centenary. 

"We always have a good group 
of people that show up and it helps 
the morale of the players," PaZ 


Lady Demons Softball 

Apr. 5 
Apr. 14 


Dates and times of remaining home games 

Centenary, 6 p.m. 
McNeese State, 4 p.m. 
McNeese State, 6 p.m. 
McNeese State, 12 p.m. 
Southern, 4 p.m. 

Apr. 22 
Apr. 22 
Apr. 23 
Apr. 24 
Apr. 24 

Southeastern La., 4 p.m. 
Southeastern La., 6 p.m. 
Southeastern La., 1 p.m. 
Northern Colorado, 9:30 a.m. 
Northern Colorado, 11:30 

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Campus Connections, a free service to organizations 
planning events that will be open to NSU students. 

[Bring Connections to Kyser 225G, or e-mail them 
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refuse any Connection. 

"College Night on the Riverbank" 

Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival is presenting "College 
Night on the Riverbank", Friday, March 31 from 6 p.m. thru 

A special kick-off party for the Jazz Fest will feature four 
live bands the Entertainers, Merchant Street, the Front Street 
Project, the Benjy Davis Project. 

Devin Anders, from the Student Body, will DJ between sets. 
Ihere will be food and beer. 

Tickets are $4 in advance and $5 at the gate and will get you 
into the festival on Saturday as well. Cash prizes will also be 

Advance tickets can be purchased at any Natchitoches 

BX ;i 

Pancake breakfast 

Alpha Sigma Alpha will be holding an All-You-Can-Eat 
'ancake Breakfast Saturday from 8am-llam at the NSU 
Recreation Complex on the Highway 1 Bypass. 

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased from any member or at 
the door. Any questions please contact Stephanie at 985-859- 

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Spirit Groups Audition 

NSU Demon Dazzlers, Purple Pizzazz, Yell Leaders, and 
previous All-Girl Squad will have a workshop on Saturday from 9 
i.m. to 5 p.m. and auditions on Sunday beginning at 8 a.m. 

Scholarships will be awarded to each member chosen, 
rhose selected from outside Louisiana will receive out - of - 
state fee waivers. 

Both the workshop and audition will take place in the 
health and Human Performance Building. 

Adopt a senior citizen 

has been 

To all interested groups, clubs, organizations, sororities, fra 
;nce play entities, church groups, individuals or any other interested 
\g against persons. 

• A resident support is in the beginning stages at Heritage 
^anor Nursing Home in Natchitoches. 

If you have love for the elderly, a caring heart and a little 
ime to spare then you are the one for this group. 
This is a group to facilitate activities with the activity direc- 
°r at Heritage to enhance the lives of their elderly. 
This is a once a month group where you or your group can 
; ome in and do an activity with a group of the elderly resi- 

Adopt a senior is an option for individuals who have time 

You can choose to read, show a movie, or just sit and talk 
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Correction: For clarification purposes, the 
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By Kera Simon 

Sauce Reporter 

The appointment of a new 
Vice President for Student 
Affairs is the responsibility of 
NSU President Randall 
Webb's appointed selection 
committee, and there are 
three main candidates. 

The selection committee 
consists of ten people, all rep- 
resenting different parts of 

"I selected people who I felt 
represented the university 
community. I tried to ensure 
we had students, faculty and 
staff who could stand for 
every part of our school," 
Webb said. 

The selection committee 
reviewed the 17 applicants 
received by the February 20 
deadline and narrowed them 

down to three. 

Chairman of the selection 
committee Steven Horton 
said the final candidates are 
Eric Murray from the Univer- 
sity of Montana-Western, 
Patrice Moulton, director of 
institutional affairs and acting 
vice president of student 
affairs at NSU, and Mary 
Lynn Williamson from the 
University of Tennessee at 

Horton said the committee 
presents Webb with the final 
names that they feel he 
should consider in order to 
make his decision. 

Webb then sends a packet 
with his choice candidate to 
be approved by the Universi- 
ty of Louisiana Board of 

The selection committee is 
looking for a Vice President 

for Student Affairs who can 
really help and be a true serv- 
ice provider for the students. 

"We are looking to recom- 
mend someone who will 
serve the students. Someone 
who can provide security and 
well being for the student 
body," Horton said. 

The selection committee 
conducted a national search, 
as required by the University 
of Louisiana Board of Super- 
visors, for occupying dean 
levels or higher. 

Webb said NSU advertised 
its job opening in various 

The candidates individual- 
ly visited NSU Monday 
through Wednesday. 

Each candidate met with 
the President's cabinet, the 
selection committee, the stu- 
dent affairs division then par- 

ticipated in an open forum 
with students and search 
committee members in the 
President's Room of the 
Friedman Student Union. 

They were also given a tour 
of the campus and met with 

"I'm looking for a person 
who I feel is competent. 
Someone who can work effec- 
tively with the staff and stu- 
dents to help improve stu- 
dent life," Webb said. 

Webb has confidence in the 
selection committee's deci- 

He thinks they will give 
him their final recommenda- 
tions soon. 

As described by the job 
advertisement for the Vice 
President for Student Affairs 
the position of Vice President 
of Student Affairs deals 

specifically with students. 

The position leads the divi- 
sion that includes the Depart- 
ment of Student Activities 
and Organizations the 
Department of Transporta- 
tion and Public Safety, the 
Department of Student Ser- 
vices, the Department of 
Campus Community, and the 
Department of Enrollment 

Dan Seymour was the for- 
mer Vice President of Student 

Horton said Seymour 
decided to go back to the 
classroom and teach the skills 
he had learned while he was 
Vice President for Student 

Seymour is now a full-time 
faculty member of the Stu- 
dent Personnel Services MA. 
in the College of Education. 

Vice president candidates answered 
questions concerning potential position 

By Raymond Billy, 
David Dinsmore and 
Lane Luckie 

Sauce Reporters 

On Monday, Tuesday and 
Wednesday, each candidate 
for the position of Vice Presi- 
dent of Student Affairs partic- 
ipated in individual question 
and answer sessions, which 
were attended by members of 
the campus community. 

Here are the questions put 
forth by the Current Sauce. 
The answers are direct quotes 
but have been paraphrased to 
fit the paper. 

Current Sauce: Wliat skills 
and experiences do you bring to 
the position? 

Patrice Moulton (con- 
tributed by Raymond Billy): 

One thing that I bring to 
student affairs that might be 
different from the other can- 
didates is "a background in 
mental health. I've worked 
more years in mental health 
than I have in academics. 
Those counseling skills and 
community building skills 
and team building skills" are 
abilities that I use on a daily 

"The psychology field is 
the area of my training. Being 
able to bring that to the table 
if it comes to... mediating, 
negotiating, bringing groups 
together, building teams, 
working, at collaboration and 
understanding motivation 
and concepts of motivation 
and what I call just good 
human nature 101 dynamics 
are skills that are good to 


Eric Murray (contributed 
by David Dinsmore): 

The thing which I think 
probably makes me best suit- 
ed for this particular job is 
that your campus has a lot of 
similarities to where I started 
with my campus in Montana. 
There are similarities in the 
issues that you face regarding 
students, judicial affairs, crisis 
management, trying to invest 
the students to develop an 
identity with Northwestern. 

I think there are a lot of 
issues that I have had to 
address under budget con- 
straints. I see Northwestern 
as an opportunity to apply 
what I have been learning 
over the last nine years to an 
institution that can benefit 
from that and grow from it. 

Mary Lynn Williamson 

(contributed by Lane Lufkie): 
I have learned from stu- 
dents at the eight different 
universities where I have 
worked, three of which I 
served as the Vice President. 
Those students taught me 
that they have some very spe- 
cific needs and expectations 
about what a good Vice Presi- 
dent does. 

Based on over 25 years of 
interactions with students, 
these are the roles I believe 
are among the most impor- 
tant for this position: "It's 
most important that the vice 
president for student affairs 
be an advocate for students. 
No one else in the administra- 
tion has that role." 

I want to take an active role 

in communicating the policy 
of the university to the stu- 
dents, but at the same time 
relay the thoughts, concerns 
and needs of the students to 
the administration. 

Secondly, I want to be an 

CS: The Division of Student 
Affairs must serve a diverse stu- 
dent body. What activities do 
you think could further con- 
tribute to getting students to 
understand and appreciate the 
numerous diverse cultures on 
our campus? 

PM: I think that the Diver- 
sity University week was a 
really nice start. Our multicul- 
tural affairs office has a diver- 
sity plan that is brand new, 
but probably already needs to 
be revised. It involves "doing 
a survey that asks students 
about what it is that they 
want to have happen as it 
relates to diversity and diver- 
sity awareness on our cam- 

I think we need to continue 
our programming in that area 
I think we need to continue to 
put resources into that area. 
We need to review and revise 
that diversity plan and make 
sure that we put the student 
voice in that in terms of what 
needs to be done." 

"I don't necessarily think 
that administration or staff 
needs to determine for stu- 
dents what needs to happen. I 
think students need to tell us 
what they would like to have 
happen and work together to 
make plans for that. 

EM: The answer to that 
question comes in multiple 
forms. I think there are sever- 
al entities responsible for 
exposing students to culture 
and diversity. It's not only 
student affairs, but it's also 
academic affairs. Certainly, 
those two groups have to 
work collaboratively to incor- 
porate opportunities for that 
into the classroom as well as 
outside of the classroom. 

There are also leadership 
opportunities. It's not only 
the responsibility of the 
administrators and educators 
to expose folks to cultures. 
(Students) also have a respon- 
sibility to the culture that you 
are in to make sure you are 
educating other people. 

We can facilitate that 
through leadership opportu- 
nities. In fact, one of the 
things I am doing now on my 
campus is changing the phys- 
ical environment to be repre- 
sentative of cultures that are 
on our campus. 

MW: I am very interested 
in issues of race and gender. 
When I was at SUNY College 
at Old Westbury, 95 percent of 
the students who lived on 
campus were people of color. 
I had to learn how to appreci- 
ate difference and promote its 

I am a certified race rela- 
tions trainer. I would take a 
look at the multicultural 
office and see where it can be 

"Diversity appreciation 
days, events around special 
holidays. I would like to see 
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that to what's available." 

CS: The Student Code of Con- 
duct in the Student Handbook 
provides guidelines for student 
behavior. Students do sometimes 
break the rules, however. What 
plans would you have to encour- 
age better behavior from those 
students who would violate the 

PM: "One of the things that 
we have a responsibility to do 
is to make certain that stu- 
dents are clear about what the 
expectations are. . . along with 
what the consequences will 
be if those expectations aren't 
met, also, some justification 
but why those are expecta- 

Students may wonder 'why 
is it that we expect you to do 
this or that,' because students 
may not like being told what 
they can or cannot do. For 
instance, in the dorm that you 
live in or in the residence hall 
that you live in. 

But, if there is a clear reason 
for it, I think we need to clear- 
ly delineate what the expecta- 
tions are, why those are 
expectations along with the 
fact that there is a process that 
occurs if those rules or regula- 
tions or policies or procedures 
are broken." 

But, I think that the conse- 
quences of breaking the rule 
could serve as a learning 
process for students rather 
than a punitive or judgmental 

EM: Sometimes you have 

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Plans for the construction of the Alumni Plaza between A. A. Fredericks Center for Creative and Performing Arts and Magale Recital Hall. This plan maps out placement of benches, trees, lamp posts and a fountain in the center of the courtyard. 

Alumni Plaza to be finished by fall 2006 

By Chris Reich 

Sauce Reporter 

An Alumni Plaza in the court- 
yard between the Creative and Per- 
forming Arts buildings, should be 
finished by Homecoming of fall 

The project is an attempt to beau- 
tify the campus and also add 
$50,000-$1 00,000 to an endowed 
scholarship fund for NSU students. 

Alumni Affairs Director Chris 
Maggio said the project would 
serve three different goals. 

It will beautify the area, give 
alumni and friends of the universi- 
ty a chance to honor a professor or 
friend, and help start an endowed 

All funding will come from 

alumni and friends of NSU. 

The scholarships will be for 
sophomore, junior and senior stu- 
dents of any major Maggio said. 
The funding for the scholarships 
will come from the raised funds left 
over from the plaza project. 

Maggio expects that the project 
will cost a little over $100,000 dol- 
lars, leaving the excess for the 
scholarship fund. 

If approximately all 1700 of the 
bricks, 11 lamp posts, 20 benches, 
76 granite tiles, and eight crepe 
myrtle trees are sold, the total will 
equal around $200,000. 

Bill Brent, director of Creative 
and Performing Arts, said he 
approached Maggio about this idea 
a couple of years ago. 

"That space is ugly, I mean, it's 

dirty, grass doesn't grow and it 
holds water. This building is on the 
main entrance to campus," Brent 
said referring to the area where the 
Plaza will be built. 

"You have the college of business 
that has done a nice little plaza area 
outside their building, you have the 
WRAC that is now open and all the 
lighting they have done," Brent 

"This is now a very pretty 
entrance to campus until you got 
up here, and because the presi- 
dent's office is here, we felt, along 
with Chris Sampite, this is an area 
we need to clean up,"he said. 

The clean up process involved 
first removing a section of the con- 
crete drive way trucks use to reach 
the dock in the theatre building and 

two sculpture stands that were near 
the driveway. 

The sculpture stands being 
removed has worried many stu-'. 
dents in the Creative and Perform- 
ing Arts program. 

"They were torn down without 
any of the students really know- 
ing," said Jessica Callac, a junior 
studio arts major. 

Her Sculpture 2 class had a group 
assignment to choose a sculpture 
stand on campus for their midterm 
projects to be displayed on. 

Two groups in her class had 
nowhere to display their work 
because they chose those two 

Brent said the stands were "not 
ever used as much as we had 
hoped that they would be used, 

and the way they were set up real- 
ly created a kind of hazard for 
trucks that had to come in and 

During the second phase of the 
project, which involves landscap- 
ing the area near A.A. Frederick's 
auditorium, the sculpture stands 
will be rebuilt to allow students to 
display their work. 

Brent said that the plaza will not 
interfere with the outdoor theatre, 
the theatre dock or the driveway 
that the band lines up on before 
marching toward the stadium for 
football season. 

The practice areas for the drum- 
line and color guard are not going 
to be compromised either. 

Brent said he would like to even- 
tually have every student graduat- 

ing have a brick or tile in theii 
name. This is similar to the system 
that Louisiana Tech has in place 

"What I would like to see is that 
students here assess themselves! 
$25 fee for the first two years 
which would give them the $100 in 
a fund, so that when they gradual! 
they get a brick." 

When homecoming of next year 
comes around, the first phase 
should be finished, giving alumniJ 
memorial mall to remember profes- 
sors or friends, students a place to 
relax between classes, searing foi 
the outdoor theatre, and a moie 
asthetically-pleasing view. 

"Who wants to sit in that dirt and 
mudhole that has formed otf 
there?" Brent asked. 

Free enterprise students to compete in regional competition 

By Willie Valrie 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU's Students In Free Enter- 
prise team will compete in a region- 
al competition at the Adam's Mark 
Dallas hotel in Dallas, Texas on 
April 12. 

SIFE is a student organization 
involved in helping people of all 
ages get a better understanding of 
America's economic system.. 

Bob Jones, instructor of faculty 

sponsor of SIFE, said, "We try to 
look for ways to help people under- 
stand the opportunities that our 
economic system offers and how to 
take advantage of it." 

"We try to show people, especial- 
ly kids, that there is opportunity 
out there if you take advantage," he 

"One part of it is to get them 
interested," he said. 

Jones said people think that busi- 
ness is about money and do not 

think it is an intellectual challenge. 

"Running a business is not sim- 
ple, but it is a rewarding thing," he 

"Not only is it rewarding for the 
people running it, but for the com- 
munity," Jones said. 

Jones said that the community 
benefits as a whole if one runs their 
business because business is not a 
self-centered thing. 

"Part of the problem is that peo- 
ple do not understand business," 

Jones said. 

"If you do not understand busi- 
ness, you will not make a good 

Jones said SIFE tries to show peo- 
ple that one can benefit from hav- 
ing skills that employers want. 

There will be four speakers pres- 
ent at the SIFE competition. 

If NSU's SIFE team becomes one 
of the regional champions, they 
will go to the national SIFE compe- 
tition in Kansas City, Mo. 

Over 100 corporations will be at 
the national competition as judges 
and they will also interview stu- 
dents to possibly hire them. 

"If s a good way for students to 
show off what they've done," Jones 

"SIFE helps improve one's 
knowledge about how the business 
world works," said Isaac Caine, 
president of SIFE. 

"We try to target those who don't 
know anything about free enter- 

prise," Caine said. 

Caine said SIFE has conduct* 
various seminars for college sto-i 

Last week, there was a seminfl 
informing people about settinfi 
themselves up for retirement. 

This past Monday, there was' 
seminar about marketing. 

For more information concern^' 
the SIFE competition, contact Ion* 
at 357-4581. 

Let's talk about.... 


By Jamie Broussard 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU students will be chatting 
about stress, sex, drugs and alcohol 
during the "Let's Talk About" 
activities planned for the month of 

The activities will take place 
April 3 through 7 as a part of the 
NSU Express. 

John Ziegler, assistant director 
of student activities, said the pur- 
pose of the week is to inform and 
relate on awareness topics. 

"We have tried to plan events 
that students will have fun at, but 
we will also be getting the message 
across in a mature, engaging mat- 
ter," Ziegler said. 

Here is a sample of some of the 
events going on during the week: 

• Monday through Thursday, 
9a.m.: Awareness Cafe. Free morn- 
ing paper, coffee and pastries in the 
Friedman Student Union Lobby. 

• Monday, 11 a.m.: Faces of 
Meth: an Extreme Makeover. This 
event will be held in the Student 

Union Lobby. 

With help from the theatre 
department students and faculty 
will show how memamphetamines 
affect the body. 

• Tuesday, 4p.m.: Stress 911. 
Activities concerning stress, and 
self-esteem and wellness preven- 
tion activities will take place will 
take place at the Wellness Recre- 
ational Activities Center. 

Students can learn how to allevi- 
ate stress and improve mental 
health through progressive muscle 
relaxation and breath work. 

• Wednesday, 12 p.m.: "Picnic 
and Poetry" STD prevention and 
sexual health activities will take 

Students can listen to English 
professor Julie Kane and NSU stu- 
dents read their award-winning 
creative writing and poetry on pre- 
vention-related topics in the Morri- 
son Courtyard. 

• Wednesday, 5 p.m. CSI Night: 
Candy, Sex, and Ice Cream. Stu- 
dents can learn about STD preven- 


Free ice cream will be served and 
"Condom Bingo" will be played in 
the Student Union Alley. 

• Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: 
National Alcohol Screening Day. 

Students have the opportunity to 
learn how alcohol affects the body 
and alcohol abuse prevention in 
the Student Union Cane River 

• Thursday, 2p.m. Students can 
share a keg of root beer with pro- 
fessors and participate in a driving 
under the influence simulation 
being given. 

At the simulation students can 
participate by wearing vision 
impairing goggles while trying to 
navigate a golf cart. 

State Trooper and NSU alumnus 
Jeff Covington will be speaking at 
the event about drinking and driv- 

The event will take place at the 
bricks between Kyser and 
Williamson halls and Sam Sibley 


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By Lindsay Larcom 

Sauce Reporter 

Butt sketches, water massage, 
blood drives and crawfish. For 
NSU students, these are the signs 
that spring has officially sprung. 

This year's Extreme Spring Fling 
kicked off last Monday with 
extreme photos in the Friedman 
Student Union lobby. Students 
lined up eagerly from 11 a.m. to 3 

p.m. to have an artist draw their 
backside. The black and white 
sketches were autographed and 
free to the first 96 students. 

"The butt sketch was so hilari- 
ous," said senior journalism major 
Darla Williford. "I never thought I 
would own a portrait of my butt." 

Tuesday's theme was extreme 
service. Only one car showed up 
for the car show outside of Kyser 
Hall. The driver, running uncon- 

tested, went home with all of the 
awards. The proceeds from the 
show were donated to St. Jude's. 

Students enjoyed aqua massages, 
wax hands and foot massages on 
Wednesday's extreme relaxation 

"All the events were well attend- 
ed but I think that extreme relax- 
ation was the overall student 
favorite," said Spring Ring organ- 
izer Carolyn Sarkozi. 

Spring Fling came to a close out- 
side of Prather Coliseum with an 
"extreme" crawfish boil. Two thou- 
sand pounds of free crawfish were 

"We tried to do something differ- 
ent with this year by offering craw- 
fish and burgers for those who 
don't eat crawfish," said Sarkozi. 
"We also had a rock wall, bumper 
cars, dog tags and a stomp show." 

All the events for this year's 

Spring Fling were planned to 
appeal to every student. Sarkozi 
said that the SAB tried to do a lot of 
new things and experiment this 

"There was so much variety in 
the activities," said Williford. "It 
seemed like there was really some- 
thing for everyone." 

A LifeShare bus was also parked 
outside of the Union taking blood 
donations throughout the week. 


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"The Art of Getting 
Things Done" 

Contributed by 
Ellen Jenkins 

Psi Chi Columnist 

You may know what it means. 
You may have done it in the 
jast; however, many do not 
enow how to overcome it. 

Procrastination is a very pop- 
ular form of practice by most 
college students. It is defined as 
the avoidance of a task, which 
requires completion by focusing 
on some other task. 

Sound familiar? Many college 
students love the art of procras- 
tination and will avoid complet- 
ing an assignment till the last 

There can be many causes of 
procrastination one being anxi- 
ety as you flip through the mag- 
azine or channel surf progres- 
sively feeling guilty knowing 
you have that paper due tomor- 

Procrastination can produce 
unnecessary stress on a student. 
Many students may say "I work 
better under pressure." 

But is this pressure healthy for 
a college student? Work that is 
left untouched until the last 
minute often results in low qual- 
ity and often a lower grade. 

Have no fear; there are meth- 
ods in coping with procrastina- 
tion. One of the most obvious 
ways is to create a To-do list. 
The point is not just to check 
things off your To-do list, but to 
make sure you are doing the 
things which are most important 
and sorting out your priorities. 
Getting organized will not only 
make you feel better but will 
most likely save you time on 
completing those difficult tasks. 
Studying in small blocks can be 
less daunting then studying two 
or three hours straight. 

Set several small realistic goals 
instead of one enormous goal to 
avoid feeling overwhelmed and 
reward yourself after you com- 
plete a task. 

The art of getting things done 
and overcoming procrastination 
is one of the most important 
skills to master as a college stu- 
dent to improve quality of 
schoolwork that will carry over 
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Life — The Current Sauce — Thursday, March 30, 20O6 

Senior Demons bid farewell 

By Natasha Anderson 

Sauce Reporter 

The saying "all good things 
must come to an end" holds a 
deeper meaning for the men's 
basketball team and its grad- 
uating seniors. 

The Demons, once consid- 
ered the underdogs, caught 
the attention of the nation 
only to lose seven of its plav- 

Kerwin "Fat Daddy" 
Forges, Tyronn "Touchie" 
Mitchell, Byron "Big B" Allen, 
Clifton "Big Smooth" Lee, Jer- 
maine "J Dubb" Wallace, 
Alfonse "Slim" Dyer, and 
Donald "DJ" Ross will bid 
farewell to their friends and 
fans this spring as they 
embark on the next chapter of 
their lives. 

The extensive careers of 
these players began during 
their freshman year and 
ended with two SLC victories 
and numerous bragging 
rights, including the infa- 
mous game-winning shot 
over Iowa made by senior 
guard Jermaine Wallace. 

"I had goose bumps for a 
few minutes, I couldn't 

believe it!" senior guard 
Tyronn Mitchell said, describ- 
ing his reaction on Wallace's 
shot. "We came so close last 
year; we just took that energy 
and played a good game." 

The senior players add that 
along with determination the 
other factor that boosted their 
energy was the support of 
their fans. 

"Everyone came out and 
supported us 100 percent 
throughout the whole confer- 
ence and the NCAA confer- 
ence," said senior guard Ker- 
win Forges. "The more sup- 
port we have, the better we 

"The players truly appreci- 
ate the band and the Prather 
Punks, who are phenomenal 
at showing their school spir- 
it," Coach Mike McConathy 

While some people view 
their victories as a shocker, 
these players insist that it was 

Senior forward Clifton Lee 
was confident in the basket- 
ball team's return this season. 
"We had it on our minds to 
not come up short this sea- 
son," he said. 

Lee, who was chosen as 
MVP of the Southland Con- 
ference game against Sam 
Houston said, "This season 
definitely was a big accom- 
plishment for me after having 
my heart complications fresh- 
man year." 

Lee also considers the vic- 
tory over McNeese as another 
memorable moment because 
it was the first game his father 
has watched him play. 

The team considered their 
game against West Virginia 
an achievement in itself. 

"I wasn't mad when we 
lost to West Virginia because 
we all played hard. The hard- 
est part is knowing that we're 
going our separate ways," 
Mitchell said. 

McConathy agrees that the 
team didn't play as well as 
they could have with numer- 
ous turnovers and a slack in 
defense against West Virginia. 

However, he commends 
the Demons for their achieve- 
ments and said, "It was a 
great experience and I wished 
it could've ended differently, 
but we're just grateful for get- 
ting that far." 

Many of the players plan to 

pursue careers in basketball, 
either in coaching or continu- 
ing to play for a team. 

One notable player is sen- 
ior center Byron Allen, who is 
being scouted by the NFL for 
teams like the Cincinnati Ben- 
gals, Jacksonville Jaguars, 
and possibly the New 
Orleans Saints. 

Allen, who has never 
played football during his 
college career, said he wants 
to continue playing basket- 
ball but will keep his options 

The seniors agree that the 
Demons will need the contin- 
ued support of their fans if 
they want to have another 
successful season. 

"They've seen what it takes 
to be a winner and it will be 
up to them to keep up the tra- 
dition even with us losing so 
many players," McConathy 

Mitchell advises the team 
to "Play together because 
we've set the bar higher for 
next year," and leaves these 
final words of encourage- 
ment, "Believe that you can 
make it far and nobody can 
take that away from you." 

Chris Reich/the Current Sauce 

At the 'homecoming' celebration for the NSU Demons men's basketball team on Thursday, any Demon fan 
was welcome to come and meet and greet the team as well as get autographs. 

Phi Mu rocks Cane River with annual 'Bandstand' 

By Leigh Gentry 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU's chapter of the Phi 
Mu Fraternity hosted its third 
annual "Rockin' On the 
River" Bandstand on Satur- 

Kellie Knopp, a freshman 
member of Phi Mu, fulfilled 
her one committee require- 
ments by being on the Philan- 
thropy Committee, in which 
she is very interested. She 
enjoyed being able to help 
out the kids at the Children's 
Miracle Network. 

The entertainment consist- 
ed of seven groups: the Front 
Street Project, the band from 
NSU's Baptist Collegiate 

Ministry, C & D, Wicked 
Faith, The Entertainers, King- 
dom's Fall, and Ryan Guidry 
and Dustin Landry. 

Guidry took part in the 
entertainment on Saturday 
by singing some originals 
with the help of Landry on 
guitar; both are from Sulphur, 

"It's our first show, so we 
love that it is out of town and 
that people will hear us; we 
are making a weekend vaca- 
tion of it," Landry said. 

Guidry saw this show as 
the perfect opportunity to get 
his name and music heard 
while getting money to chil- 
dren in need. 

Jered Baylor, the guitarist 

for the Entertainers, said that 
he decided to do the show 
out of loyalty to his home- 
toWn and out of support for 
the Children's Miracle Net- 

He only wishes that the 
community would have 
come out to support the local 
bands and the cause more. 

There was a smaller crowd 
at the concert this year, but 
Phi Mu was able to collect 
$1000 for the Children's Mil* 
acle Network by charging a 
$5 entry fee for all attendees. 

"The bands did an awe- 
some job, and we appreciate^ 
everyone who came out to> 
support the CMN," said? 

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Vice President 


to take a step back and under- 
stand that students are in the 
last stage of adolescent devel- 

Students are going to exper- 
iment. Students are going to 
break the rules and are going 
to push their boundaries. 

I want to encourage our 
students to be good citizens, 
but I am not out to say that 
they can't learn from those 

If they hurt other people 
and violate our code of con- 
duct to a certain extent where 
they are not going to fit into 
our community, that's what I 
want to discourage; but I also 
want to be developmental in 
my approach to the code of 

We have these rules, you 
need to learn how to abide 
within them, and if you don't, 
there are consequences. 

I'm a firm believer in 
understanding the conse- 
quences before you walk into 
a situation so that you know 
what the outcome is going to 

Codes of conduct are an 
opportunity for us to engage 
in a student, to help them 
learn what their responsibility 

So, I am not one to say that 
a perfect campus is one where 
there is no deviant behavior. 

MW: "It's not j ;t handing 
out a punishment, .he whole 
code of conduct is an educa- 
tional process. That's what 
makes it different from a 
criminal code of conduct." 

There are punishments list- 
ed in the code of conduct, but 
I believe that if you approach 
that as an educational coun- 
seling session, instead of only 

focusing on punishment, you 
can take the opportunity to 
change the behavior. 

When I was at NSU teacher 
and administrators took 
chances on me, and it made 
the difference. 

I was grateful for being able 
to learn from my mistakes. 
Teachers and administration 
at NSU took some chances 
and unconventional steps that 
changed my life. 

I can't repay them today, 
but I can try to "pay it for- 

I want to take the same 
approach and hopefully make 
an impact on some students 
in the same way that I was 

CS: The Division of Student 
Affairs focuses on students 
learning by doing. What plans 
would you have to encourage 
students to learn by doing? 

PM: I think that the SGA, 
SAB, the R.A. staff are perfect 
examples of students learning 
by doing. 

I think you learn leadership 
you learn about government 
you leam about planning and 
programming and organizing 
and implementing and budg- 

I think our primary student 
leadership organizations pro- 
vide tons of opportunities for 
students to leam by doing. 

In addition to that, I think 
we put out activities through 
student affairs all the time 
that provide students oppor- 
tunities for learning opportu- 
nities, that provide 
faculty /student engagement 

I think that most everything 
that comes out of student 

affairs would probably fit into 
that category. I'd be harder 
pressed to tell you what did- 
n't (fall into that category). 

EM: Student life folks are 
way good at application. 
They know how to apply 
leadership skills, service 
skills, and how to help stu- 

Your chemistry professor 
can go to the rec folks and say 
"I want to teach my students 
about chemistry." 

We can invest them down 
at the pool every morning for 
the course of the semester, 
taking samples and doing 
some work that has some real 
application involved with it. 

You have to leam how to 
apply your work to the bene- 
fit of the community. 

MW: We need to support 
and promote all of the aca- 
demic organizations equally. 
If the Accounting Club is the 
only organization that a stu- 
dent decides to join, then we 
have to make sure that every 
opportunity is available to 
that student through that 

We have to think on multi- 
ple levels of engaging stu- 

It's not just about the suc- 
cess of the SGA or SAB, we 
have to make sure students 
can grow in activities that par- 
allel their major. 

CS: NSU students often don't 
take advantage of the many 
activities provided them. What 
would you do to increase student 
involvement in activities outside 
of class? 

PM: This is one of the 

biggest challenges because of 
the diversity of students here 
at NSU. 

We have a residential 
demographic, a commuter 
demographic and an online 

So "if the culture (on cam- 
pus) is that you come; you 
take your classes; (then) you 
rum around and go home" it 
is tough to build that sense of 
community and that sense 
that the campus is your home. 

Culture change doesn't 
occur over night but research 
and experience has shown a 
lot of schools that it can be 
done through creative means 
of engaging students. 

Collaborative engagement 
where students hear mes- 
sages through several differ- 
ent channels, that is the first 

The second step is to get 
influential leaders on campus 
to encourage people to get 
involved, whether they are 
students or faculty. 

Another important step is 
taking events directly to the 
students in their dorm, where 
they are more comfortable. 

And, if student become 
more accustomed to being 
involved in campus activities 
in their dorms, they may be 
more inclined to participate in 
activities in more centralized 
locations later on. 

These are things that we 
have already started to try 
here at NSU. 

EM: Ultimately, you want 
to capitalize on why a student 
is here. 

If a student doesn't know 
why they are here, then they 
are not going to know why 
they need to engage in the 

campus environment. 

I have this dream of one 
day being able to offer a one- 
credit, one-weekend leader- 
ship course in which fresh- 
men talk about responsibility, 
they talk about engaging in 
the environment. 

Then they go out and actu- 
ally do that, and at the end 
they have the opportunity to 
get involved in the Greek sys- 
tem, or organizations, or stu- 
dent government. 

It helps move them from 
orientation into a middle of 
their first semester leadership 
conference, where they can 
build on the identity that they 
have established with the 

Everyone wants more peo- 
ple at their programs, but, 
ultimately, what the students 
want is for the institution to 
serve their needs. 

So you have to find out 
their needs first and why they 
are there. Then capitalize on 

MW: "Engagement in 
something is the key to a stu- 
dent's success. You're more 
likely to persist if you are 
involved in something out- 
side the classroom." 

We need to create a link 
between classroom and out- 
of-classroom activities. 

One program I've imple- 
mented in the past is a way to 
recruit high school leaders 
early on. 

We set up a conference for 
incoming freshman who were 
leaders in high school to come 
together and introduce them 
to programs at the university. 

There were more likely to 
step up and be involved once 
they actually start at the uni- 

versity. We can show them 
that it's not an "uncool" thing 
to be involved in organiza- 
tions on campus. 

CS: What other ideas do you 
have to make NSU a better place 
for students? 

PM: "Enhancing advising 
to more of a developmental 
advising model to where 
there is more of and aware- 
ness of what's available to 

And it's much greater than 
scheduling; it's about advis- 
ing and mentoring and refer- 
ral systems with an aware- 
ness of the services that are 

And I don't think that 
requires developing a lot of 
new stuff. I think it requires 
connecting some of the servic- 
es we already have that work 
really well and packaging 
them differently to meet the 
student needs when they 
come on campus and have the 
student voice (heard) in that 
in terms of what their needs 
are each year that they go 

We need to design a process 
that is meaningful to stu- 

It would be great if we 
could set up a process to let 
students know exactly what is 
required of them to advance 
in their fields of study (and) 
what internships, certifica- 
tions and other procedures 
that they will have to go 

This is the type of informa- 
tion that we need to make 
more accessible to students. 

EM: My first impression of 
your campus, though, is that 

we can adjust the physical 

When I say physical plant, I 
mean the appearance of your 

Curb appeal is important to 
me. When you walk into a 
place, you want to be proud 
of that place. 

I think what would really 
impact students, besides curb 
appeal, is establishing an 
identity with Northwestern. 

It has to be the most vital 
thing in their lives. 

I have been exposed to 
institutions, especially com- 
ing from UCLA, where I grew 
up, where you walk through 
the door and you were proud 
to be there, and you didn't 
want to leave that place. 

Shelia (Gentry) and I had 
lots of discussions about how 
your residential environment 
needs to adapt and how stu- 
dents need to feel part of 
Northwestern through that 
environment and through 
your Student Union. 

MW: "I'm a faculties per- 

The Student Union was 
built a long time ago, it has 
served this school well 
beyond what it was originally 

But I'd like to see some 
work and serving done to the 
building. I'm really happy to 
see the state of the WRAC and 
the recreation center, and uti- 
lizing those facilities to the 
capacity is an important goal. 

I also think there are oppor- 
tunities for growth in certain 
program areas for student 

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News- The Current? Sauce - Thursday, March 30, 2006 

NSU student receives first online degree 

By Natasha Anderson 

Sauce Reporter 

Kristin Shoemaker has 
never walked the halls of 
Kyser, attended a Demon bas- 
ketball game, or grabbed a 
bite to eat from Vic's, but she 
will mark her place in NSU 
history when she becomes the 
first graduate with a psychol- 
ogy degree from the universi- 
ty's Electronic Continuing 
Education program. 

After three years of taking 
the university's electronic 
program, eNSU, Shoemaker 
will graduate this spring with 
a Bachelor's of Science in Psy- 

The 21-year-old has been 
home-schooled most of her 
life and first discovered 

NSU's online degree after 
searching for online schools 
on the Internet. 

"An online degree was the 
best option for me because 
I've been home-schooled, and 
I am used to working inde- 
pendently at home," Shoe- 
maker said. 

"I chose Northwestern 
because it was affordable, 
there were no out of state fees, 
and it was one of the few 
online universities that didn't 
require in state residency 
within a year of applying," 
she said. 

While some students might 
find the idea of taking a com- 
plete online degree program 
overwhelming, Shoemaker 
found her experience to be an 
enjoyable one. 

She found the features on 
Blackboard like the Discus- 
sion Board as helpful tools for 
her coursework. 

However, Shoemaker lists 
the communication between 
the students and professors as 
one minor drawback in taking 
a complete online degree pro- 

Elizabeth Cole, who teach- 
es online courses in statistics 
and trigonometry also finds a 
challenge in communicating 
with her students. 

"It is difficult because you 
have to engage them in math 
without talking to them face 
to face," she said. 

Cole said she doesn't see 
the challenge as a major set- 

"Internet courses are grow- 

ing by leaps and bounds as it 
becomes more enticing to the 
internet-sawy generation 
coming up; the next step 
might be video lectures for 
the university's online pro- 
gram," she said. 

Although students are 

jumping on the idea of taking 
online degree programs, there 
are still some employers who 
show a preference for 
employees with a degree 
from a traditional university. 

Patrick Partridge, vice pres- 
ident of marketing for West- 
ern Governors University, a 
virtual institution, said in an 
article from the September 
2005 issue of TJie Chronicle of 
Higher Education, "any hiring 
manager, by simply being 
human, is going to be more 
comfortable with what they 
experienced than something 
new; employers have a cer- 
tain level of fear of the 

On the other hand, the 
application process takes into 
consideration a person's 

background, not just what 
type of degree they have. 

This offers some hope for 
Shoemaker who is optimistic 
that her online degree will 
help her accomplish her 
career goals. 

Darlene Williams, director 
of the Office of Electronic and 
Continuing Education, said, 
"Kristen's just as well pre- 
pared with her online degree 
and adequate GPA as any stu- 
dent who attends a traditional 

Williams has also taken 
online courses at NSU and the 
University of Nebraska to 
complete her specialist 

She said she finds Shoe- 
maker's story to be motiva- 
tion for other students who 

have no other options for get- 
ting an education because of 
personal constraints. 

"She demonstrates that it is 
possible to get an online 
degree, which is a positive 
move for students in psychol- 
ogy as well as the other 
departments," Williams said. 

Shoemaker's experience 
has had such an impact on her 
that she also wants to become 
a psychology professor for an 
online degree program at an 

She plans to attain a mas- 
ter's and a doctorate in psy- 
chology, which is not current- 
ly offered as an online degree 
program at NSU. 

She has applied to the Mas- 
ter of Arts in Adult Education 
at eNSU. 

NSU's Student Support Services awarded grant through 2009 

Teranda Donatto/the Current Sauce 

Scotty Dawson being tutored by Cody Cole in Science 2020, 

By Kristen Alexander 

Sauce Reporter 

The NSU Student Support 
Services has been awarded a 
Student Support Services 
grant to further fund the serv- 
ices offered to 360 NSU stu- 
dents through the depart- 

The SSS services include 
academic advising, career 
and major counseling and 
advising, tutoring, instruction 
in academic critical thinking 
skills, research skills and 
career development skills. 

The grant was awarded to 
930 universities chosen from 
about 1400 applicants. 

For students to be eligible 
to receive the opportunities 
offered by the SSS depart- 
ment, they must meet at least 
one of the following three 

The first requirement is that 
the student comes from a 

low-income family. 

The second is that the stu- 
dent be a first generation col- 
lege student, meaning neither 
the student's mother nor 
father graduated from college 
with a bachelor's degree. 

Third, the student must 
have some form of physical or 
learning disability. 

Director of the Student 
Support Services Don Barker 
said, "The purpose is to iden- 
tify and select 360 NSU stu- 
dents who meet the federal 
criteria for the program and 
to then provide intensive and 
intrusive academic and stu- 
dent services to help these 
students stay in college and 

Barker explained that the 
grant is determined every 
four years, during which each 
university conducts a propos- 
al of research to the Depart- 
ment of Education, validating 
its need for the program by 

showing the number of stu- 
dents throughout the univer- 
sity that have a need for the 

Assistant director Steven 
Gruesbeck was responsible 
for producing NSU's propos- 
al, which will be active for the 
next four years. 

The proposal took Grues- 
beck approximately six 
months to complete, with a 
total of 75 pages of research. 

Barker said that nearly half 
of the grant is used to pay 
professional staff salaries. The 
rest is dispersed to student 
tutors as well as office man- 
agers and staff. 

"About half of the student 
body meets the criteria but 
we are only allowed enough 
funding to serve about 360 
students and two-thirds of 
those have to meet the two of 
the requirements," Barker 

Once the students are 

selected to receive aid from 
the department, they are 
tutored by undergraduate 

Tutors are chosen by hav- 
ing demonstrated expertise in 
certain subjects, providing 
letters of recommendations 
from faculty members and 
undergoing interviews. 

Students are then given one 
semester to prove their moti- 
vation and seriousness about 
the program. 

If they fail to contact the 
office, they are dropped from 
the active list in the depart- 
ment and another student is 
added, Barker said. 

Nearly 90 percent of stu- 
dents helped by the services 
join in the summer before and 
early during the fall semester, 
largely being introduced dur- 
ing Freshman Connection, a 
program introducing new 
students to the school. 

The remaining 10 percent 

join throughout the rest of the 

Each student is given 
approximately ten hours a 
week of tutoring, which is 
scheduled around the stu- 
dent's obligations and are 
held in private rooms in the 
SSS office. 

"We study with the stu- 
dents as much of the core cur- 
riculum as we can with a little 
more emphasis in the sciences 
and mathematics because so 
many of our students struggle 
with these upper-level class- 
es,"Barker said. 

There are a total of 12 tutors 
at the Natchitoches campus 
and four at the Shreveport 

This year the SSS office is 
doing something different by 
making an exception to work 
with students from New 
Orleans who have been 
affected by Hurricanes Karri- 
na and Rita. 

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Failure IS not Vote yes for better student media 

I ■ iust media (such as the Which means that the the status quo. creative or visual 

an aspiration 

By Raymond Billy, 

Opinions Editor 

minority of Americans who would 
rather see troops die than see president 
Bush succeed. 

In September 2003 O'reilly bloviated 
"there are some people actually root- 
ing against the Bush administration for 
political purposes. They want to see 
chaos in Iraq. They want (the war) to 
fail so that the president won't be 
reelected and somebody else will." 

Let me make something clear. I'm 
sure there are some fanatical partisans 
out there who hate president Bush so 
much that they are rooting for Iraq to 
fail. However, I doubt that one half of 
one percent of all Americans even fit 
this description. 

Most Americans are not rooting 
against the war, but they do believe 
that it is time to consider ending the 
venture; they see it as a lost cause. 

These are people whose friends and 
family members are serving in Iraq. 
They don't want to see their loved ones 
die for this ill-advised war. 

Fortunately, this attack on legitimate 
skepticism hasn't hindered the Ameri- 
can people from voicing their con- 
cerns. However, the right has won a 
new ally from the Democratic Party. 
The one and only Hillary Rodham 
Clinton has used the "rooting for fail- 
ure" slur. 

Earlier this year, while trying to jus- 
tify her continued support of the Iraq 
war, Senator Clinton addressed those 
angry about her steadfastness, saying 
"no matter what one thinks about how 
President Bush used that authority (to 
go to war), we cannot root for failure," 
Clinton said. "We cannot take actions 
now that would further undermine 
whatever chance of stability the new 
Iraqi government might have." 

I have to believe that Mrs. Clinton 
knows most dissenters are not rooting 
for failure. But, she believes that it is 
more important for a Democrat, espe- 
cially a female, to prove how tough she 
is by positioning herself on the right of 
the Iraq debate. 

It's ironic that some people are 
accusing Democrats of opposing the 
war for political gain, when clearly 
Clinton made that intellectually dis- 
~ ~ ~~~ ~ honest statement for 
ed by collapse." "if Democrats were truly root- selfish purposes. She 
First off, if Democ- ing for failure in Iraq, why is it probably thinks she 
rats were truly root- that most of them haven't called has a better chance of 
ing for failure in Iraq, for immediate withdrawal?" winning over Republi- 
why is it that most of can voters (even those 

An un-American trend has emerged 
from the war in Iraq: using the label 
"un-American" to silence those critical 
of the invasion and /or the way the 
war has been conducted. 

I know that this is probably no sur- 
prise to most of you given the fact that 
we are three years into this war and ad 
hominem attacks have long been used 
to quiet anti-war sentiment going back 
further than Vietnam. But, what's dif- 
ferent about the current use of this 
strategy is that it is undertaken in a 
manipulative, rather than direct, fash- 

The pro-Bush /war bullies under- 
stand that most Americans -including 
those who continue to support the 
war- are fair-minded people and will 
not allow dissenters to be demonized. 
So, instead, they have created an invis- 
ible line that separates legitimate dis- 
sent from anti-Americanism. 

This sneak attack is carried out with 
the knowledge that many people will 
not criticize the war for fear of being 
lumped in with those who have 
crossed that line which distinguishes 
patriots from traitors. 

The strategy that I'm talking about 
involves selling the idea that there is a 
significant number of Americans who 
are rooting for failure in Iraq. Right- 
wing pundits have used this tactic 
many times over the past three years. 

In December 2005, conservative 
commentator and writer Morton Kon- 
dracke penned a column that clearly 
suggested the Democratic Party had 
"crossed the line: 

i "With a few exceptions, the Democ- 
ratic Party has put itself in the position 
of being invested in U.S. defeat in Iraq. 
The main body of party leaders seems 
so hostile to Bush and his policy that it 
wants to be vindicat- ~— — — ■ 1 

them haven't called for immediate 
withdrawal? Wouldn't it be in their 
interest to claim that staying is useless 
because the war has already failed? 

Second, what basis is there to believe 
that the Democrats are critical of the 
war for political reasons instead of 
moral reasons? Maybe the party does- 
n't want to see more lives lost for a war 
whose rationale turned out to be 

Unfortunately, Kondracke isn't the 
only person to employ this method of 

Less than six months prior to the 
2004 presidential election, columnist 
Debora J. Saunders of the San Francis- 
co Chronicle posed the question "how 
is America supposed to win in Iraq... 
when so many Washington leaders 
seem to be rooting for failure in Bagh- 

She went on to claim that presiden- 
tial candidate John Kerry "spent 
months undermining the coalition in 
order to bolster his own career." But 
what did criticizing the war do for 
Kerry other than re-invigorate old bit- 
terness over his anti- Vietnam rhetoric 
and earn him the label of "flip-flop- 

Saunders wants you to believe that 
Kerry criticized the war's direction 
because he was running for president, 
forget the notion that he ran for presi- 
dent because he was genuinely skepti- 
cal about the direction of the war and 
thought he could direct it more compe- 

Fox News' Bill O'reilly is by far the 
w orst offender. He utilizes the "rooting 
*°r failure" smear more than anyone. 
O'reilly has frequently used his bully 
Pulpit to insinuate that there is a large 

who now oppose the war) by support- 
ing the Iraq cause than she will if she 
sides with the majority of the public 
who now believes the effort is not 
worth the cost. 

Clearly this fascist strategy has had 
some success. Clinton isn't the only 
Democrat who has been intimidated 
by the right. 

Appearing on "Larry King Live" 
during the 2004 Democratic National 
Convention, Senator Joseph Biden of 
Delaware expressed the dilemma 
Democrats find themselves in by criti- 
cizing the war effort. 

"You can run the risk of getting to 
the point of sounding like you're root- 
ing for failure. And that's the thin line." 

The future of our presence in Iraq 
will be determined by two political 
parties, neither of which represent 
public sentiment on the war. 

Raymond Billy, Jr. is a political 
science major 

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By Lora 

Editor in 

As many of you have 
probably noticed, there 
are polls set up in the Stu- 
dent Union Lobby. Ergo, 
an election is upon us. 

I am also sure that 
many of you are aware 
that Student Media is up 
for a student fee increase, 
which may seem super- 
fluous to some students 
and outright ridiculous to 

Well, now I'm going to 
explain how it's not. 

Not only is there more 
up for student vote than 

just media (such as the 
SGA activity fee, intramu- 
rals, the rowing team and 
the artist series), but there 
are viable reasons why 
Student Media needs this 
fee increase so badly. 

Keep in mind that on a 
whole, Student Media is 
voting to receive only an 
extra $5.50 total. That 
means Potpourri, The 
Current Sauce, Argus and 
KNWD. All together. Five 
bucks and a couple of 
quarters. Many of you 
probably pay more than 
that for lunch in Vic's. 

The fee increase is very 
important to Student 
Media for several reasons, 
the first and foremost 
being that since budget 
cuts and the enrollment 
drop, student media 
budgets also dropped. 

Which means that the 
publications may not be 
as interesting as some 
have been in the past. 

If the fee increase isn't 
passed, we could be 
restricted to not only 
printing small papers, but 
also to smaller staffs, as it 
is difficult to recruit 
reporters and photogra- 
phers if we don't have up- 
to-date equipment and 
the budget for scholar- 

It's very difficult to take 
pictures with cameras 
that have dying batteries, 
or laying out the paper on 
a program that consistent- 
ly crashes. 

These are problems 
which Sauce editors have 
become accustomed to, 
but that doesn't mean that 
we can't strive to change 

the status quo. 

Much of the Sauce's 
budget currently comes 
from ad sales; the other 
media are not so lucky. 

If the Potpourri doesn't 
receive the fee increase, it 
can become difficult to 
print the hardback books 
in full color, with great 
covers and tons of cam- 
pus events. A fee increase 
may also mean a larger 
Argus or KNWD keeping 
the programs that many 
students enjoy. 

Raising fees would also 
enable us to have a bit 
more freedom. Freedom 
of design, for one. 

If you believe student 
media to be visually blase 
and boring, keep in mind 
that due to current budg- 
ets, we don't have the 
money to choose more 

creative or visually- 
appealing designs. 

This is why you haven't 
seen color at all this year 
in the Sauce. 

Students in the media 
are struggling to do the 
best they can at covering 
the campus and Natchi- 
toches, but we can only do 
so much with what we 

Help us broaden our 
horizons. Help give us the 
ability to bring you media 
that you all can enjoy 
rather than scorn. 

Not only is it cheap, but 
it can also help us tremen- 
dously. A little from every 
student goes a long way. 
If this passes, hopefully 
next year's media is 
something that NSU stu- 
dents can look on with 
pride instead of derision. 

The deep end is not a bad place to be 



I've decided to just go 
crazy. I thought I'd give 
everyone a heads up on it, 
seeing as how I come in 
contact with you people 
every day. 

I'm all about taking 
control of your lives, so 
instead of letting the small 
town environment, finals, 
or some quarter-life crisis 
drive me crazy, I'll go 
ahead and do it myself. 

Is crazy a bad thing? 
What is crazy anyway? 
I'd tell you what Web- 
ster's dictionary has to 
say about it, but just like 
how video killed the radio 
star, the Internet killed 
Webster. calls 
crazy "affected with mad- 
ness; insane," but crazy is 
relative. Walking up 
stairs in high heels is 
crazy. So is flying planes 
into buildings. Maybe 
crazy is too ambiguous of 
a word to be effective. 

How about honesty, 
just plain, down and dirty 
honesty? Some of the cra- 
ziest people I've met are 
really just honest people. 
They're brutally honest 
about what they want, 
what they think and, most 
importantly, who they 

In this context, I think 
we could use more crazy 
people around town. 
Natchitoches, quite hon- 
estly, is boring. So here 
are a few "crazy" projects 
I'm starting just for the 
heck of it. 

I'm trying to randomly 
meet people and make 
friends. Great friendships 

seem to happen organical- 
ly, but that's too boring for 

I'm starting a project to 
see if it's possible to go 
out into the world and 
meet someone who is 
remotely interesting and 

"Some of the craziest peo- 
ple I've met are really just 
honest people. They're hon- 
est about what they want, 
what they think and, most 
importantly, who they are" 

try to make friends with 
him or her. Think of it as a 
real world MySpace. You 
know, it's how people 
used to do it before the 
Internet got involved. 

In fact, isn't that basical- 
ly what Jesus did? He just 
wandered around collect- 
ing fishermen, tax collec- 
tors and prostitutes and 
just hung out with them, 
maybe busting out a new 
parable every now and 

then. I may not call myself 
a Christian, but I can't 
argue with the fact that 
Jesus was cool. 

My next project is to go 
out and find another job. I 
don't need another job, I 
just want to go through 
the interview process, 
waste these poor people's 
time, and see what I can 
get away with. "I'm going 
to need to wear my 
underwear on the outside 
of my pants on Wednes- 
days. Would that be a 

A future project I'm 
going to deal with is 
attempting to join the Stu- 
dent Government Associ- 
ation.Don't get me wrong, 
I've got some ideas that I 
think would help stu- 
dents have a good college 
experience and all that 
nice political stuff, but 
really I just want to see 
what goes on in there. 

The SGA seems quiet 

this semester. Too quiet. 
Creepy quiet. Where are 
the arguments? Where are 
the dramatic letters to the 
editor and crazy ideas to 
solve the traffic problems? 
How about another con- 
tested election? 

In my opinion, if the 
SGA isn't dramatically 
arguing about something, 
they aren't doing a good 
enough job. It's their job 
to keep things running 
and serve the students, of 
course, but their unofficial 
job is also to entertain us. 

These projects aren't for 
any scientific or social 
purpose. They simply 
send a message to the 
ambiguous entity we call 
"Natchitoches." That 
message is "I'm bored as 
hell, and I'm not going to 
take it anymore!" 

Aaron Pizani is an art 

Letters to the Editor 

Alumnus give take on 


I just had an opportunity to 
read a couple of your articles for 
the first time tonight, and I can 
tell a couple of things right off 
the bat: 1) you are probably 
used to being the smartest per- 
son in the room (this is a good 
thing); 2) you probably look for 
love among the theater majors 
(also a good 

thing); and 3) you are not 
emotionally engaging the sub- 
jects that you write about. While 
the reader is able to see how 
smart you are, they may not get 
a sense of why they care to keep 

I am writing this to you 
because (again with the nubers): 
1) I have the flu and there's 
nothing I like more than visiting 
my old undergraduate school's 
website when I feeling lousy; 2) 
I used to write for the Current 
Sauce (pre-email if you believe 
that); and 3) you have potential. 

Great writing is something 
you can taste and smell - it stays 
with you and it comes back to 
haunt you. 

Everyday I find myself 
around people from all over the 
world - except Japan it seems. 
We go to church together, they 
work in my company with me, 
we enjoy the same grocery 
stores and restaurants.. .some of 
my favorite places to eat and 
shop are where English is not 

It seems I will never be able to 
learn every language spoken 

around me, I can think of 20 off- 
hand, so instead I navigate my 
cosmopolitan world with a 
hearty sense of humor and a 
boat-load of questions. 

I've never managed to miss a 
meal, flirt with a young lady, or 
befriend someone from a differ- 
ent place. 

There's a whole world at there, 
Aaron, and your time in Natchi- 
toches might 

get a laugh or two but I con- 
sider it one of my valuable expe- 
riences in my life. You can get a 

great education at NSU - you 
just have to want it more. Prince- 
ton University produces some of 
the greatest scholars in the 
world, and then the other 90% 
fall into the categories of: total 
waste of money to educate such 
a block-head, and... giggle-gig- 
gle... sunbeams coming through 
the clouds... look at the pretty 

The only reason the 90% don't 
end up as hood arnaments is 
that the 10% really are that 

It was very nice chewing your 
ear off tonight. If you see Alex 

around tell him Philip Wolfe 
said "Hi - and Why can't we get 
ONE decent Supreme Court Jus- 

Thank you, 
Philip Wolfe 

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Demons down Ragin' Cajuns 

NSU returns to action tomorrow against Dallas Baptist in a two-game series 

Courtesy of Sports Information 

NSU made it 2-and-0 against Louisiana-Lafayette on 
the season after downing the Ragin' Cajuns 7-5 in base- 
ball action Wednesday night. 

The game was a late addition to the season after both 
teams had early-season rainouts. ULL will visit NSU at 
6:30 Tuesday and again on May 3 before the Demons 
close out the season series with the Ragin' Cajuns at 
ULL on May 16. 

The win, which was the second straight for the 
Demons as they improve to 14-13 on the season, was 

also the second against ULL. NSU blanked the Ragin' 
Cajuns 2-0 back on Mar. 5 in the final game of the ULL 
Invitational. ULL falls to 12-11 on the year. 

NSU starting pitcher Fraser Robinson picked up the 
win in running his record to 4-1 on the year. Robinson 
tossed 5 1/ 3 innings allowing three runs - one earned 
- on six hits with two walks and a strikeout. Robinson 
was also the winner over ULL in the Mar. 5 contest 
after throwing eight shutout innings and allowing just 
six hits. 

The Demons finished with seven hits in the game, 
led by Michael Palermo's 3-for-4 showing at the plate. 
Michael Flower had the game-winning hit in the sixth 

Demon Baseball 

April 4 - ULL, 6:30 p.m. 
April 7 - Texas State, 6:30 p.m. 
April 8 - Texas State, 2 p.m. 
April 9 - Texas State, 1 p.m. 
April 18 - Arkansas - Little Rock, 3 p.m. 
April 28 - Nicholls, 6:30 p.m. 
Nicholls, 2 p.m. 
Nicholls, 1 p.m. 

April 29 
April 30 

Dates and times of remaining homegames 

• May 3 - ULL, 6:30 p.m. 

• May 6 - Lamar, 1 p.m. 

• May 6 - Lamar, 3 p.m. 
May 7 - Lamar, 1 p.m. 

ULM, 6:30 p.m. 
ULM, 6:30 p.m. 
ULM, 2 p.m. 

May 18 
May 19 
May 20 


Vote for NSU to win 100K scholarship from Pontiac 

By Lane Luckie 

Sauce Reporter 

The NSU Men's Basketball team may have lost in 
the second round of the NCAA Tournament, but still 
have a chance to become big winners. 

NSU's game-winning three-point shot in the first 
round match against the Iowa Hawkeyes could win 
the university over $100,000 in scholarship money. 

The last second upset is among the four notable 
moments of this year's NCAA Tournament competing 
in the "Pontiac Game Changing Performance" contest. 

The promotional allows fans to select a memorable 
moment from each round of the tournament. A $5,000 
contribution, which NSU has already won, would go 
into the general scholarship fund of the school win- 
ning each round. 

Pontiac will contribute a $100,000 prize to the win- 
ner of the last round. Jermaine Wallace's buzzer-beat- 
er will pit NSU against other finalists LSU, Texas, and 


NSU Athletic Director Greg Burke said the contest 
makes NSU a winner regardless of the outcome. 

"The publicity and recognition for winning one or 
both of these Pontiac Game Changing Performances 
would be lagniappe to the immeasurable national 
exposure that the NSU men's basketball program has 
already generated for the University," he said. "The 
win over Iowa made the front of the sports page in 
countless newspapers across the country. 

After the game, Head Coach Mike McConathy was 
in demand on radio talk shows coast-to-coast, and 
local television sports segments that reached millions 
of viewers." 

Fans have until midnight on Saturday, April 1 to 
vote online at for 
their favorite "Game Changing Performance." The 
overall winner will be announced prior to the Final 
Four championship game on April 3. 

Gary Hardamon/NSU Media Service 

Junior guard Luke Rodgers dribbles to pass a West Virginia player in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. 

They're your student media 

Take charge. 

2006-2007 opening media positions 

Editor, Current Sauce (student newspaper) 
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Pick up applications in the Department of Journalism office, 
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Completed applications must be returned to Room 103 by 
April 6 at 4 p.m. 

Potential applicants should check the 2004-2005 Student 
Handbook for qualifications before submitting an 
application. Call Mary Brocato at 357-4433 with any 

inning - a three-run triple that gave the Demons a 5-3 

After falling behind 3-0 in the first inning, the 
Demons cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the fifth on a 
Marty Dewees double that scored Scott Pittenger and 

Brandon Morgan led off the sixth with a single 
through the left side then moved to second on a sac 
bunt by Bobby Barbier. Barbier reached first on bad 
throw by ULL pitcher Jeff Martinez. 

Ben Rodriguez's sac bunt advanced Morgan and 
Barbier to second and third and Knox McCorquodale 
walked to load the bases to lead up to Flower's triple. 

The Demons took a 7-3 lead after Pittenger knocked in 
Flower before the inning ended. 

ULL came back with two runs in the seventh to cut 
the lead to 7-5 but bullpen work from Robby Madsen 
and Russell Dorton was superior to the ULL bats as the 
two combined to throw the final 2.2 innings allowing 
just one hit and no runs. Dorton picked up his first save 
on the season after retiring the only four batters he 

The Demons will return to action on Friday when 
they step out of Southland Conference play for a two- 
game series at Dallas Baptist. 

Hayward, Fillinich pull through at Ole-Miss 

Courtesy of Sports Information time. 

NSU track and field standouts Ravyn Hayward and 
Cody Fillinich won their specialties with NCAA 
Regional qualifying marks last Saturday at the Ole 
Miss Duel Meets competition. 

Hayward registered a 10.44 time in winning the 100 
meter dash. Fillinich, an All- American as a freshman 
last year, threw the javelin 218-0 to win and set stadi- 
um and meet records. 

Women's javelin All-American Samantha Ford also 
posted an NCAA Regional qualifying mark with her 
144-1 throw that also bettered stadium and meet 
records, but she settled for third in a tightly-packed 
competition won by Hana Prudilova of Southern Mis- 
sissippi at 149-0. 

Chad Leath gave NSU one of its four second-place 
finishes with a 54.54 clocking in the 400 meter hurdles. 
He notched one of NSU's four third places with a 
14.90 time in the 110 meter hurdles. 

Also taking second from NSU were Shanae Steward 
in the women's 100 meter hurdles (14.07), followed 
immediately by teammate Tameshia Miller (14.09). 
Raquel Washington of USM won in a blazing 13.32 

Naumy Bor gave the Lady Demons second in the 
5000 (18:13.18), topped only by Whitney Kerth of 
Arkansas-Little Rock (17.32.57). Teammate Abby 
Salomon was fifth for NSU in 18:47.91. 

The Demons' 4x100 relay team, anchored by Hay- 
ward, ran second in 41.63. 

Stephen Kemei ran third in the 800 meters (1:56.32), 
three seconds behind the winning time by Stephen 
Lavalua of South Alabama. Kemei took fifth in the 
1500 in 4:04.79. 

Steward was fourth in the women's triple jump (37- 
1 3/4), one of six fourth places by the Lady Demons. 
Miller was fourth in the women's long jump (18-9 
3/4), Cassandra Krell took fourth in the high jump (5- 
5), Rachel Hoffman was fourth in the 400 meter hur- 
dles (1:04.33), and Deidra Truss was fourth in the 
women's 200 (24.73) and ran the anchor leg on the 
fourth-place 4x100 relay team (46.79). 

For the Demons, fourth places also came by Micheal 
James in the 400 meter hurdles (55.84), Derrion Harris 
in the high jump (6-6 3/4) and Corey Jones in the shot 
put (48-6). Jones was fifth in the discus (154-4). 

Football scrimmage on Saturday morning 

Courtesy of Sports Information 

NSU is missing so many interior linemen due to 
injuries that the Demons will go through a shorter- 
than-planned intersquad spring football scrimmage 
Saturday morning in Turpin Stadium, but to some 
degree, that's good news, said coach Scott Stoker. 

"None of the injuries are major. Nobody should 
miss any time in August. We're limited in some of the 
things we can do now because we only have so many 
guys up front, but on the other hand, this is giving a 
lot more opportunity to some younger players who 
will be ready to play for us quicker than they other- 
wise might have been," Stoker said. 

The Demons will have a 30-35 play scrimmage at 
the end of their practice Saturday morning, with the 
scrimmage starting about 10:15 in Turpin Stadium, he 
said. It will be the 11th practice of 15 spring workouts 
for NSU. 

"It's frustrating not having so many of our top play- 
ers, but looking at the big picture this will make us a 
stronger team next fall," said Stoker. 

"In a lot of cases, we're without guys who already 
have proven they can play winning football for us, 
some of our top players like Derrick Doyle, Ed Queen 
and Tory Collins. Giving younger players like Shayne 

Magee and Kendall Rodrigue and Scott Wattingly 
more time now will pay off for us later." 

Among the injuries is a broken tip on the right 
thumb of projected starting quarterback Ricky Joe 
Meeks, who may not be able to complete spring drills 
when the Demons stage the 17th annual Joe Delaney 
Bowl next Saturday afternoon. Sophomore walk-on 
Roch Charpentier has sparkled in his place, said Stok- 

"He's got some bounce in his step out there and he's 
doing a real good job executing," said Stoker, noting 
the Lafayette-Teurlings Catholic product is 20 for 27 
for 225 yards and four touchdowns in two spring 

"He's been a real pleasant surprise. If Ricky Joe did- 
n't get hurt, Roch would still be challenging him. It 
will be a good competition in fall camp." 

Among the other young players emerging, said 
Stoker, are offensive linemen Marcus Washington and 
Troy Phan, linebacker Darious Perkins, Blake Delcam- 
bre and Mack Dampier and tailback Patrick Earl. For- 
mer tailback Anthony Holmes has also shined in his 
move to linebacker. 

"You would love to have avoided the injuries, but 
there's no question we've seen progress, leaps and 
bounds, from some guys taking advantage of the situ- 1 
ation," said Stoker. 




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April 6, 2006 

Volume 91 • Issue 17 

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Bring Connections to Kyser 225G, or e-mail them 
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HeatthFest 2006 

NSU will host HealthFest 2006 on April 20 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in 
Prather Coliseum. 

"The purpose of HealthFest is to create awareness and to educate 
the Natchitoches community regarding various health issues," said 
Dr. Tara Gallien, HealthFest director. "The health fair provides 
access to a variety of medical screenings useful in assessing a partic- 
ipant's risk for specific diseases and health conditions." 

Screenings include: lipid profile, blood glucose, blood pressure, 
diabetic foot screening, lung capacity, strength and flexibility assess- 
ment and a vision screening. 

Additional assessments will be offered for balance and coordina- 
tion, body fat and BMI, posture and stroke impairment. 

In addition, participants can receive information on health topics 
including fitness, weight control, nutrition, drug use, domestic vio- 
lence, cancer, depression, eating disorders, diabetes, heart disease, 
Medicare changes (part D), Medicaid program, stress management, 
women's health, self-protection and security, organ donation, tobac- 
co free living, CPR and first aid, child abuse and protection, recon- 
structive surgery and much more. 

"This is the one time each year when members of the community 
can obtain a substantial amount of health information in one con- 
venient locations," Gallien said. 

Rapides Regional Medical Center, the event's corporate sponsor, 
will provide screenings and educational materials related to health 
and healthy lifestyles. 

For more information, contact Gallien at (318) 357-5199 or e-mail 
her at 

Sociology scholarship applications 

Applications are being accepted through May 5 for the Marion 
Loftin Scholarship in Sociology at NSU. 

The $500 per semester scholarship is available to current or incom 
ing sociology majors at NSU. 

Continuing sociology majors must have an overall grade point 
average of 3.0 to be eligible to apply. 

Entering freshmen must declare sociology as their major and have 
a minimum composite ACT score of 21. 

John Hillebrand, sociology program coordinator at NSU, said 
grade point averages will be ranked and used to narrow down the 
final choices to those most qualified. 

More than one scholarship may be awarded during an academic 

Recipients may continue to receive the scholarship if they contin- 
ue their good academic record as sociology majors. 

Loftin was a 1935 graduate of Louisiana State Normal College 
(NSU) and went on to earn a master_s degree at Louisiana State Uni 
versity and a doctorate at Vanderbilt University. 

NSU's Research Day 

One graduate and one undergraduate NSU student will get the 
chance to each win $500 for their research which will be decided on 
April 18 during the NSU Research Day. 

Research Day is an event that allows faculty and students to share 
their research with the university, and local community. 

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs said they have 
m °re than 70 research presentations scheduled this year 

In order to qualify for the awards students must present a research 
Project at Research Day, and a faculty member must nominate the 
Sr udent and sponsor their presentation. 

Carla Howell, associate director of research and sponsored pro 
grams, said "We are trying to promote undergraduate and graduate 
students to be more involved in research." 

Howell said that they are hoping the awards will make students 
attend Research Day. 

We've got a great response and everyone is excited," Howell said. 


Jermaine Wallace gets mobbed by his teammate 

Courtesy Gary Hardamon 

ng shot against Iowa. This shot was put into a poll to gain the university money for a scholarship fund. 

NSU wins big money 

By Lela Coker & 
Natasha Anderson 

Sauce reporters 

Aim. ..shoot. .. CHA- 
CHING! That's the sound of 
Jermaine Wallace's game win- 
ning three pointer that led the 
Demons to a 64-63 win over 
Iowa and a $100,000 contribu- 
tion to NSU's general scholar- 
ship fund. 

The results of the "Pontiac 
Game Changing Perfor- 
mance" were announced 
Monday night during the pre- 
game show of the NCAA 
National Championship 

In addition to the $100,000, 
NSU received $5,000 for being 
a finalist in the contest, along 
with UCLA, LSU and Univer- 
sity of Texas. Chevrolet added 
another $2,000 with two 

"Player of the Game" awards 
given to senior Clifton Lee in 
the first game and junior 
Keenan Jones in the second 

Fans had the chance to vote 
for their favorite game chang- 
ing performance online last 

Athletic Director Greg 
Burke said, "I'm so excited 
that everyone in our commu- 
nity, campus and nationwide 
took time to vote." Burke 
added that the emails sent to 
students reminding them to 
vote played a huge role in the 

"I received the email and 
voted for the team and for- 
warded it to about 20 more 
people and asked them vote 
too," freshman Fletcher John- 
son said. "It really put more 
Northwestern on the map 

and gets people looking at 
our school. It will especially 
help in recruiting in all 

NSU received 70 percent of 
fan votes and got more votes 
than the other three finalists 

In a student messenger 
email from Doug Ireland, 
Sports Information Director, 
Dino Bernacchi, advertising 
manager for Pontiac, said, 
"what just amazes us is that 
your university can't be one- 
tenth the size of the other 
finalist, but got six times as 
many votes as the second- 
place entry." 

Burke, who considers col- 
lege athletics to be the "front 
porch for the university," also 
said that the basketball team 
not only accomplished a great 
task in earning money or the 

school but gained great expo- 
sure for the university. 

One person who is truly 
proud of the exposure is Wal- 

"Every emotion ran 
through my head when I 
made that shot," Wallace said. 
"I literally felt like I was on 
cloud nine." 

Wallace displays the team 
spirit the Demons pride 
themselves on by saying, "I 
don't just look at my shot as 
the biggest accomplishment. 
Everyone played an impor- 
tant role in getting this far." 

"The focus of the coverage 
and attention from national 
media has been on a remark- 
able individual whose princi- 
ples and integrity are superi- 
or and have been exposed to 
the nation, and that is Coach 
Mike McConathy," Ireland 

said. "Even more importantly 
the young men on the team 
demonstrated the words and 
actions McConathy and his 
staff has passed along to the 

More recognition was 
given to NSU when they 
appeared in the "One Shining 
Moment" video, which is 
used to conclude the playoffs. 
NSU had more coverage in 
the three-minute video than 
LSU and George Mason. 

"It was a unique opportuni- 
ty that was capitalized on by 
what goes on each and every- 
day in our men's basketball 
problem" Ireland said. "They 
became an overnight sensa- 
tion that people in the media 
enjoyed and appreciated. 
They recognized the opportu- 
nity for what it was and put 
their best foot forward." 

Media fee increase results are in 

By Kristen Alexander 

Sauce reporter 

The Student Government 
Association held elections 
March 29 and 30 where four 
proposals were passed by the 
student body. 

Michael Allen Sypert, presi- 
dent of SGA, said the organi- 
zation has been working to 
pass these changes to the con- 
stitution all year. 

They had to first get 
approval from the University 
of Louisiana System Board 
and then conduct the election 
for the student body, Sypert 

Two of the four referen- 
dums were simply regarding 
word changes to the SGA con- 

Shayne Creppel, freshman 
class senator, said the first 
word change deals with a vot- 
ing procedure change within 

the senate of the Media 

The Media Board no longer 
has to gain approval from the 
SGA or entire student body 
when changing a rule. 

Voting totals for the legisla- 
tion ended with 215 yes and 
63 no. 

The next word change 
deals with a change in the 
emergency status of the Con- 

Before, when legislation 
was passed it was set-aside 
for a week before being 
observed unless it was con- 
sidered an emergency by the 

Now with this new law 
passed, the senate can vote to 
make legislation an emer- 
gency instead of waiting to be 
considered by the SGA presi- 

Voting for this law ended 
with 222 for it and 57 against. 

The third referendum deals 
with budget increases for 12 
media organizations. 

The increase in media fees 
affected the following organi- 
zations: Artist Series 0.75, 
SGA $2, Potpourri $1, Current 
Sauce $2, Rargas 0.50, KNWD 
$2, Union Board Drama 0.50, 
Intramural Sports 0.50, Stu- 
dent Union Program $1, 
Alumni fee 0.50, Distin- 
guished Lecture Program 
$1.25, and the Rowing Team 

This change only affects 
full-time students, totaling to 
a $13 - dollar increase in the 
fall and a $12 - dollar increase 
in the spring. 

"A lot of these budgets 
have been the same for 20 
years and things just cost 
more than they used to. Some 

of these budgets pay for 
things such as scholarships 
and the printing press so we 
thought the increase was 
needed, and basically it just 
covers the inflation fees," 
Sypert said. 

Voting total for this legisla- 
tion ended with 229 yes and 
62 no. 

The final proposal voted on 
by the student body deals 
with reorganization of the 
Media Board and whether or 
not the SGA should continue 
to have as much power and 
say when it comes to deci- 
sions that must be made by 
the Media Board. 

"The SGA has always had a 
lot of influence on the media 
board dealing with things 
such as choosing editors, etc. 
and we didn't think the Gov- 
ernment should be so 
involved," Sypert said. 

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SGA's influence on the board 
should be taken away, the 
SGA no longer agrees or dis- 
agrees on issues of the Media 
Board, Crepple said. 

The SGA will now be a self- 
assessed committee with 
positions appointed by 
departmental advisers. 

Voting total ended with 219 
yes and 57 no. 

Shantel Wempren, vice 
president and president elect 
of the SGA, said, "I think stu- 
dents will see more things 
happening here. They will see 
results immediately. It's 
going to be bigger, better and 
a lot more of student stuff," 
Wempren said. 

"It will be beneficial to the 
students. So many people are 
receiving a little piece of this. 
It will have an impact on 
everyone that goes to NSU. 
We have more resources to do 
bigger things." 


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News Editor 

Political consultants spoke about using blogs as 'early warning systems' 

By Kelli Fontenot 

Sauce Reporter 

A group of political con- 
sultants knows that blogs can 
hurt their candidates, but 
they are learning to use them 
as an "early warning system" 
for future press stories. 

Political blogs are popping 
up all over the Internet, and 
finding information about 
what the voters think of a can- 
didate is as easy as typing his 
name into the Google search 

Some reporters have even 
begun using political blogs as 
sources for news stories, and 

political consultants are 
jumping on the bandwagon 
to prevent further confusion 
among voters. 

On Tuesday afternoon, the 
School of Social Sciences and 
the Department of Journalism 
presented a Newsmakers and 
Shakers forum featuring four 
political consultants that have 
provided advice and guid- 
ance for senators, politicians 
and governors throughout 
the United States. 

Greg Granger, associate 
professor of political science 
at NSU, was the moderator. 

Raymond Strother, who has 
been a prominent media pro- 

ducer, consultant for gover- 
nors, and campaign manager 
for members of the U. S. 
House of Representatives, 
was one of the speakers at the 
forum. Stother is also a pub- 
lished author. 

Wayne Johnson, the presi- 
dent of Johnson /Clark politi- 
cal consultants, Nancy Todd 
Tymer, president of a Las 
Vegas consulting firm and 
Anthony Fazio, president of 
the California Direct Mail 
marketing company, also par- 
ticipated on the panel. 

Granger asked the panelists 
how they think blogging is 
affecting political campaigns, 

NSU Police Blotter 

12:17 a.m. 

One student called to 
report a disturbance in the 
lobby of Bossier Hall. The 
apparent cause of the inci- 
dent was another student 
refusing to remove his foot 
from a chair. 

2:26 a.m. 

University Police and the 
Natchitoches Fire Depart- 
ment responded to a false fire 
alarm. Someone had pulled 
the alarm in building one. 
Police also noted the build- 
ing's south gate entrance was 

8:50 a.m. 

A car behind the elemen- 
tary school was covered in 
silly string. 

6:20 p.m. 

Someone who launched a 
boat onto Chaplain's Lake 
was told to leave. 


6:44 a.m.-7:12 a.m. 

Seven vehicles parked near 
the track were discovered to 
have been burglarized or 


7:14 p.m. 

A man threw a bucket of 
water on a worker who asked 
him to leave the pool area. 

6:20 p.m. 

An officer stopped a group 
of people who were swim- 
ming in Chaplain's Lake. 

7:46 p.m. 

Prudhomme Hall called to 
report a broken window that 
was caused by a baseball. 

David Dinsmore 

which spawned a discussion 
about censorship and respon- 
sibility on the Internet. 

Strother said, "I'm always 
worried when someone 
wants to regulate free speech 
in any way, at any time, in any 
place, and so I think without 
free press, without free 
speech, you don't have a 

Johnson said the biggest 
problem with political blogs 
is accountability. Johnson 
said his firm in California 
now tracks blog traffic and 
quantifies it to be able to 
determine how many stories 
are being written about an 

issue or candidate. 

In one case, an accusation 
about one of Johnson's candi- 
dates appeared in a blog writ- 
ten by a man in Massachu- 

"I tracked the thing down 
and it made it into two press 
stories," said Johnson. "I 
called up the reporter and I 
said, 'There's some guy in his 
underwear in Massachusetts 
at two in the morning who 
wrote this and you carried it 
the next day as a legitimate 
news story? And he has no 
source, and he's your 


When false information 
about one of Johnson's clients 
appears on the Internet, John- 
son uses what he calls his 
"automatic strategy," which 
involves a conference call 
with political press involved 
in the race. 

The firm puts the candidate 
on the line and allows him to 
defend himself and fix the 

"We learned that after the 
one paper ran it in Massachu- 
setts," Johnson said. 

Fazio said after a certain 
amount of time, people will 

realize blogs are not a reliable 
place to retrieve political 

"Blogging is a relatively 
new phenomenon," Fazio 
said. "As people get used to 
reading it or hearing about ft 
you've got to consider the 

The political consultants' 
concerns are that blogs mis. 
lead voters as well 

A newspaper may take a 
story from a blog and use it at 
a source, so Johnson considers 
blogs an "early warning sys- 

Student tech fees help to fund new initiatives 

By Chris Reich 

Sauce Reporter 

The Student Technology Advisory 
Team grants allow organizations and 
departments to purchase equipment 
they would not have normally been able 
to afford. 

The STAT grant was started in 1998 
when students voted to allow $5 for 
every semester hour, up to 20 hours, to 
be assessed in the fall to go toward a 
fund for each department, which can 
later be used for grants. 

The grants are filled from the STAT 
fund which is about $200,000 each year, 
said Jennifer Long, director of student 

"We never get below 20 (grants